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Redskins Place Franchise Tag on Orakpo

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Brian Orakpo (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Brian Orakpo (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Washington Redskins have used their franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo, all but ensuring he will remain with the team next season.

The Redskins used the non-exclusive tag Monday on Orakpo. He remains eligible to become a free agent later this month, but Washington will have the right to match any offer by another team and could receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs elsewhere.

The tag is worth about $11.5 million for 2014.

The Redskins have been discussing a long-term deal with Orakpo. Those negotiations are expected to continue. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal, otherwise the outside linebacker will play the 2014 season on a one-year deal for the fully-guaranteed $11.445 million.

Had the Redskins not tagged Orakpo, the five-year veteran would have entered free agency March 11.

Orakpo had 10 sacks last season and has 39½ in five years since the Redskins drafted him No. 13 overall in 2009. He has twice torn the pectoral muscle near his left shoulder, leading to questions about his durability.

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