Redskins coach Jay Gruden is in no hurry to get Brian Orakpo, the team’s franchise tagged outside linebacker, a long-term contract. In fact, it might not be something that happens this year. Speaking at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Gruden said that he “wouldn’t mind letting him play out his franchise tag” before committing to him for a number of years. Keeping Orakpo on the tag this season makes sense on a number of different levels. For one, it would give him a chance to show that he can have two strong seasons in a row. Orakpo’s 10 sacks last year were the most he has had in a season since his 2009 rookie year and Gruden wants to see if he can put together back-to-back strong seasons. There are also questions about his health. He suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the 2011 season finale and then after rehabbing he suffered the same injury in the second game in 2012. That shelved him for the season.
Gruden in no hurry to give Orakpo a long-term contract
CSN Washington | Mar 26