NFL Mock draft 3: Is OL the Redskins biggest need
The Redskins have decided to make Brian Orakpo their franchise player.
So what’s next?
For one thing, the Redskins can continue to negotiate a long-term contract with Orakpo. They have until July 15 to get that done. If they don’t, Orakpo would have to play the season for a salary of $11.4 million.
The next even we have to look forward to, however, is whether or not he signs the tender. If he does, the salary is guaranteed for the year. He is also under contract and must report to the team’s mandatory minicamp and to training camp.
If he chooses not to sign, he can sit out the minicamp and training camp. In fact, he can’t participate in any team workouts or events since he technically would not be under contract. Some players do this to express displeasure with the tag and to see if they can speed along negotiations for a long-term deal.
One potential downside to Orakpo not signing the tag is that the team could decide to rescind it at any time. That is unlikely and if the timing is wrong it could leave Orakpo in the free agent market after all of the big money deals have been signed.