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The Move: Re-sign him
What to do with Brian Orakpo will be the hardest decision the Redskins make in regards to their upcoming free agents this year.
Since being drafted by the Redskins 13th overall in 2009, Orakpo has recorded 157 tackles, 39.5 sacks and seven turnovers in 64 games. However, the jury is still hung when it comes to labeling Orakpo one of the league's elite pass-rushers.
Personally, I only like the idea of re-signing Orakpo for the right deal. If he demands top-tier money, the Redskins can wisely spend their dollars elsewhere. But if the 27-year-old Orakpo offers a fair deal, retaining him will be in the team's best interest.
Another thing to think about regarding Orakpo's future in Washington is the new coaching staff and what defensive scheme they elect to run. If the defense changes to a 4-3 and Orakpo is then lined up with his hand in the dirt, I believe he can be very effective. But do the new coaches?
Finally, I expect to hear a lot about slapping Orakpo with the franchise tag instead of signing him to a multi-year deal. But consider what the franchise tag could cost, its damage against the cap, what it could mean for a future deal and how the move itself may affect Orakpo personally in potential future negotiations.
Based on the projections and predictions by Joel Corry of CBS Sports, a franchise tag for Orakpo is a hard sell.