Brian Orakpo opened up about being franchise-tagged by the Redskins on Monday (a little more than a week removed from hitting free agency) in an interview with “Grant and Danny” on 106.7 The Fan.
The Washington Redskins have placed the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo, ensuring the linebacker will remain with the team for the upcoming season.
While the spotlight at Redskins Park shone brightest on RGIII last year, no unit had a higher profile than the linebackers. But that group could look very different in 2014.
Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo will make his third Pro Bowl appearance, replacing 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks representing the NFC.
Not only will Washington finish in the division cellar for a franchise-record fifth time in six seasons, it’s doing so in the NFC East, the second-worst of the NFL’s eight quartets. Only the absolutely awful AFC North, whose four teams are a staggering 16 games under .500, is worse than the NFC East, which is eight games below even.
While almost all of the focus at Redskins Park this month has been on whether coach Mike Shanahan will return for the fifth and final year of his contract, seven of the nine current players who preceded him in Washington could also be wearing burgundy and gold for the final time during Sunday’s game at the New York Giants.
Mike Shanahan’s team has double digits in the loss column and he appears to be on his way out. But players say he hasn’t quit.
Brian Orakpo started getting sacks just as the Washington Redskins season fell apart. London Fletcher hasn’t played up to his usual standard, but he’s set to take the field for his 253rd consecutive game — sprained ankle and all.
The joint success of outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan has been the exception rather than the rule, and that’s one of the Redskins’ problems this season.
With a quarter of the season still to be played, as a whole Washington will be playing for pride while individual players will be auditioning to keep their jobs.