Redskins use franchise tag on Brian Orakpo

Monday March 3rd, 2014

Biran Orakpo has 39.5 sacks in his 5 season with Washington. (The Washington Post/Getty Images) Brian Orakpo has 39.5 sacks in his five seasons with Washington. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins have placed their franchise tag on linebacker Brian Orakpo, the team announced Monday.

The Redskins planned to tag Orakpo if the two parties were unable to reach a long-term deal, ESPN reported earlierThe franchise tag locks in the Pro Bowler to a one-year deal worth $11.5 million.

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The 28-year old Orakpo had 43 tackles and a team-leading 10 sacks in 2013, in addition to an interception that he returned for a touchdown.

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