Redskins to franchise Brian Orakpo


The Washington Redskins are prepared to designate Brian Orakpo as their franchise player if they are unable to reach a long-term deal with the linebacker prior to Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder.

Orakpo would be paid just less than $11.5 million for one season if the team uses its franchise tag on him.

The three-time Pro Bowler led the Redskins with 10 sacks in 2013, including seven in his final seven games. He missed the last 14 regular-season games in 2012 with a torn pectoral muscle, but in 2013 he missed only the season finale (groin injury).

Orakpo, who turns 28 on July 31, has 39.5 sacks since 2009, when the Redskins drafted him in the first round.

He started his career as a 4-3 outside linebacker and stayed outside when the Redskins switched to a 3-4 defense. Redskins reporter John Keim contributed to this report.