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East Rutherford, N.J.—Brian Orakpo wasn’t able to suit up for the Redskins’ season finale on Sunday because of a groin muscle injury.
Now, he’s left to wonder if he’s worn the burgundy and gold for the final time.
“We’ll see, we’ll see,” Orakpo said after the Redskins’ 20-6 loss to the Giants. “This whole free agent thing is new to me. You got to understand, every year I was still under contract. I had a great time being a part of the Washington Redskins. I want to continue it, but who knows?”
He added: “You know how free agency is. You see a lot of great players go off to different teams and just start fresh somewhere else. [And] there are still a lot of great players that stay with their original team. It just depends on what direction we’re going to go [and it] depends, at the end of the day, what I want to do.”
Orakpo put up strong numbers this season and likely has put himself in line for a free agent contract that will pay him $10-12 million per season. In 15 games, the 27-year-old made a career-high 60 tackles, recorded 10 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown.
Asked if he prefers to return to the Redskins, said it’s too early in the process to say which way he’s leaning. He also said the uncertainty surrounding Mike Shanahan’s job status is also complicating matters.
“I don’t know the circumstances,” Orakpo said. “I don’t know if Mike is coming back. I don’t know if we’re going to have the same scheme. I don’t anything right now. It’s really hard to see. We’ll see. These next couple of days, weeks, or whatever, we’ll see what transpires. …I would love to come back and finish my career as a Redskin because I feel like we have a lot of unfinished business here. But, at the same time, I want to have the best interests for myself when it comes to this point in time in my career.”