Dominant linebacker is fully fit, but has not entered talks over an extension to his contract.
As Brian Orakpo comes off a season ending pectoral tear injury, he is now entering the final year of his contract with the Washington Redskins, and is eager to remain with the NFC East team.
Before his injury, Orakpo was considered one the elite outside linebackers in the league, and was a dominant pass rusher that elevated the rest of his Redskins defence to a higher level. However the Redskins will be in no hurry to offer the Pro-Bowler a new deal until they are fully satisfied that he is 100% fit.
Rich Campbell of the Washington Times tweeted that Orakpo wanted a new deal sorted, and that he want’s to be a ‘Redskin for life’.
Orakpo, whose contract expires after this season, on signing an extension: “We haven’t discussed it. I would love to be a Redskin for life.”
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) May 6, 2013
The Redskins are a young team that behind Robert Griffin III, are looking to build themselves into a dominant team in the NFC. If Brian Orakpo can return to the form that had got him 28.5 sacks over his first three seasons, he can definitely help the team reach that level.
The 26-year old will need at least a double-digit sack season to get the kind of contract he is hoping for, if not, then then the possibility of being franchise tagged seems inevitable.