OPEN THREAD: Orakpo a DE or LB?

OPEN THREAD: Orakpo a DE or LB?
March 4, 2014, 7:00 am
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Mike Florio talks on Brian Orakpo position status

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The Redskins ended one mystery when they placed the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo, but that might just be the beginning. In the 3-4 defensive alignment the Redskins have played the last few years, Orakpo lines up at outside linebacker. But at his best, Orakpo is a pass rusher, a traditional defensive end.

Why does it matter? The franchise tag assigns contract values by position. At linebacker, a player is due around $11.5 million for one year. at defensive end, that number jumps $2 million to about $13.5 million. It's not known for sure, but it would make sense for the Orakpo camp to try for the defensive end tag, while the Skins brass will call their player a linebacker. 

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Orakpo plays linebacker, or at least he has since Jim Haslett took over the defense and instituted the 3-4. But pass coverage if Rak's weakness, and if some rumors are to believed, Orakpo could play more with his hand down as a conventional pass rusher in 2014. 

What will happen for Orakpo? Will he get classified as a d-end or linebacker? Where does he belong? Let us know what you think in the comments.