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Orakpo's play at the end of the season may have put him out of Washington's price range.
Ten sacks on the year. What's not to like about Orakpo's 2013 season?
Well, for starters, the way he ended it.
It's no secret that pass-rushers are in short supply within in the NFL. With Orakpo finishing the season strong, tallying 4.5 sacks in his last five contests, he's sure to draw significant interest on the free-agent market from teams, Washington included.
But at what cost?
Paul Kruger parlayed a nine-sack season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 into a five-year, $40 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.
An owner of only 15.5 career sacks at the time of the deal, Kruger still managed to get a cool $20 million of this contract guaranteed.
Was he worth it? Well, Kruger finished the 2013 season with only 4.5 sacks.
While you could chalk Kruger's absurd contract up to the Browns being, well, the Browns, Orakpo will surely utilize it as leverage in his contract negotiations this offseason.
Ask CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir and he'll tell you that Orakpo could easily net $10-$12 million per year on the open market.
And just like Kruger, he won't be worth it.
The only time the Redskins have had a winning record in Orakpo's tenure was in 2012, a season in which Orakpo only played two games.
This isn't to say that Orakpo was the cause of the losing, but instead to highlight the fact that Washington can win without him.
He may soon be paid like Clay Matthews and Terrell Suggs, but Orakpo is not an elite player.
So although Orakpo's play this season may not mandate that he be shown the door, for Washington to retool its roster it can't resign Orakpo at his market value.