OPEN THREAD: Orakpo is top priority, but should he be?

OPEN THREAD: Orakpo is top priority, but should he be?
February 24, 2014, 6:00 am
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(Associated Press)

For much of the Redskins offseason the team's brass stressed the importance of re-signing outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. A fierce pass rusher, Orakpo has a skill the Skins desperately need, but at 3-13, the team has many needs.

General Manager Bruce Allen made clear that bringing back 'Rak is the team's top priority, but should he be? In 2013 Orakpo had 10 sacks and an interception in 15 games, a strong year after missing all but two games in 2012. The 10 sacks marked the most Orakpo has registered since his rookie season in 2009 when he got to the quarterback 11 times.

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And yet, Orakpo tied for 20th in the NFL at 10 sacks, almost doubled up by the Colts Robert Mathis, who led the NFL with 19.5 sacks. Orakpo will likely command a sizable contract, and while the Redskins have salary cap space to make moves, a large signing bonus for Orakpo could limit the team's other moves.

With a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in 2013 in most meaningful categories, should re-signing Orakpo be the Skin's highest priority? Is Orakpo's talent the most important need for the Washington roster? Should the battered secondary be the highest priority for Allen and new coach Jay Gruden? What about the offensive line, especially with the hits sustained by Robert Griffin III through his first two seasons? Let us know what you think in the comments.