Although Brian Orakpo has already signed his franchise tender, the Redskins’ star outside linebacker remains hopeful that he’ll get a long-term extension prior to next season.
“We’ll see, we’ll see,” Orakpo told CSNWashington on Wednesday. “I can’t speak for [General Manager] Bruce [Allen] and whoever’s in charge of that from that standpoint. But from my standpoint, absolutely I want something done long term.”
The Redskins and Orakpo’s agent have until July 15th to work out a multi-year agreement. If they don’t, he’ll play the 2014 season for the franchise tag amount of $11.45 million.
Orakpo made his comments after having lunch with 14-year-old Andrew Christianson and his family at Trump National Golf Club. Andrew is this year’s patient hero for the Brian Orakpo Leukemia Golf Classic, which will be held April 28th at the Sterling, Va. club.
“Everything will come into play eventually,” Orakpo added, referring to his contract status. “I’m here right now. I didn’t want to be a distraction. They gave me the franchise tag [and] I said, ‘Okay, that’s step moving forward.’"
The 27-year-old three-time Pro Bowler added: “I’m all for that. So I went ahead and signed it before the offseason began so I could come in with my teammates, learn the new scheme, be here with my teammates and work [so] we can have a successful 2014 campaign.”
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That said, Orakpo acknowledged the situation is on his mind. He also said talks between the team and his camp are crawling along with little traction. Head coach Jay Gruden, meantime, has said he’s okay with Orakpo playing out the tag and re-evaluating the situation after the season.
“The deadline is on July 15th, if it doesn’t happen [I] obviously will be a little disappointed,” he said. “But at the end of the day I’m here for my teammates especially, and I’m going to go out there and work extremely hard, and hopefully I can continue my career as a Redskin.”