Redskins Roundup: Playing tag with Brian Orakpo

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Updated: February 17, 2014
Brian Orakpo

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Will the Redskins put the franchise tag on OLB Brian Orakpo? I think so — unless the team can work out a deal with Orakpo before then. They have until March 2 to decide.

I don’t think the Skins will let Orakpo get away and Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett is talking as if Orakpo is wearing burgundy and gold in 2014. Here is talking to ESPN 980:

“I think ‘Rak’ can get much better. I know Ryan (Kerrigan) can get a lot better. We’re going to try to turn them loose more this year, do a little bit more with them games-wise. Don’t worry so much if they lose contain, because they’re going to lose frickin’ contain half the time. Let’s go roll and make sure the tackles cover for them.”

John Keim points out the Redskins have only used the franchise tag on three players since it was created in 1993. The first the Skins used it on was Sean Gilbert in 1997 and 1998. Gilbert sat out ’97 and then was traded to the Carolina Panthers before the ’98 season for two first round picks. The Skins then used it on Champ Bailey in 2004 before trading him to Denver. Finally, the Redskins used it on Fred Davis in 2012. So, the first two players who got the tag also got traded and the third, Davis, hasn’t worked out and will probably be somewhere else — maybe on suspension — in 2014.

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