Here is a list counting down the Top 32 Washington Redskins of 2014 – No. 6
6. Brian Orakpo – outside linebacker
Age 28, 6-4, 257 pounds
Analysis: The Washington Redskins applied the franchise tag to outside linebacker Brian Orakpo this offseason. He will make $11.45 million this season. Orakpo and the team have discussed a long-term contract extension, but it seems as though he may have to play out this season before an agreement will be made.If Orakpo has an extremely strong start to the season, then the Redskins may be motivated to get a deal done. And even though Orakpo feels he doesn’t have anything to prove at this stage of his career, in order to get the kind of long-term contract he’s seeking he will need to produce a big season in 2014.
Orakpo played very well down the stretch of the season last year, as he recorded 7 sacks over his final six games, and 10 sacks on the season overall. Brian Orakpo is capable of having a monster season, but injuries have kept him from it in the past. So he will need to stay healthy, and play with the same fire that he did late last season. And if he does then the Redskins defense will be the better for it.