With free agency right around the corner, teams around the NFL can start placing franchise tags on their own potential free agents on Monday. While the Buccaneers will not be placing their franchise tag on any of their own free agents this year, they will also be on the lookout for other potential free agents who might get their team's franchise tag placed on them as well.
According to CSN Washington, the Redskins do not plan on using the franchise tag on edge rusher Brian Orakpo.
"I see virtually no chance of that happening. It would cost $13.75 million to tag Brian Orakpo and that is not happening."
Orakpo had only a half of a sack in seven games this past season before a torn right pectoral muscle cut his season short. Injuries have caused Orakpo to play in just 24 games in the past three seasons, yet that can be misleading. Orakpo tore his left pectoral muscle 2 games into the 2012 season. In 2013, Orakpo played in 15 games and totaled 10 sacks.
In Orakpo's first three seasons in the NFL from 2009-2011, he missed just one game and totaled 28.5 sacks.
Some teams might be hesitant to give Orakpo a big contract after having season-ending injuries in two of the past three seasons. If the Redskins allow him to test the open market, perhaps the Bucs would be enticed into giving Orakpo a "prove it" contract.
Much different than last year's signing of Michael Johnson, Orakpo has proven that when he is healthy, he is a double-digit sack pass rusher. The big question is whether or not he can remain healthy.
Once upon a time, Gerald McCoy was considered injury-prone due to tearing muscles in each of his arms. Perhaps, Orakpo can now stay injury-free much like McCoy did after those injuries fully healed.
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