La Canfora: Skins Likely to Lock Up Orakpo Long-Term
The Washington Redskins will have to approach acquisitions with care as they enter the second offseason of their two-year, $36 million cap reduction imposed by the league.
This means they’ll have to be graceful about who to sign, who to let go, and which vacancies to leave up to the draft to fill.
“I think Lorenzo is back and I think they’ll make an attempt to keep Rob Jackson,” Jason La Canfora told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes Wednesday. “He proved himself to be valuable. I think the big offseason thing will be Orakpo and I do think they’ll make every effort to get him signed long-term.”
La Canfora said Washington realized the value of Orakpo without him in the lineup the majority of 2012, after he went down with a season-ending pectoral injury in Week 2.
“I think his absence this year really showed up and I think they know that Kerrigan needs somebody on the other end to help anchor for him,” La Canfora said.
In his second year, Kerrigan still managed 8.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, but often struggled to break free from double-teams that would usually be directed toward Orakpo.
“The greatest thing they have going for them is that their best player and clearly one of the best young players in the NFL is set to make $1.4 million next year,” he said.
Listen to the full interview below.