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CSN Washington reports the Redskins and franchise player OLB Brian Orakpo are unlikely to agree to a long-term deal before Tuesday afternoon's deadline.

The two sides have until 4 PM ET. Orakpo and the Redskins were not close in their negotiations back in March, and not much progress has been made since. Orakpo will play out the season on his $11.455 million tender and can be tagged again next spring at $13.7 million. He's a legit threat for double-digit sacks.

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The new Redskins coaching staff is expected to allow Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan to rush the quarterback more often this season.

Jim Haslett remains the Redskins' defensive coordinator, but new head coach Jay Gruden is preaching aggression defensively. Orakpo racked up 10 sacks last year despite rushing the passer just 363 times, 16th-most in the league among 3-4 outside linebackers. This year, he should get at least 100 more chances to attack the quarterback. CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir is projecting 14-16 sacks.

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Redskins signed OLB Brian Orakpo to his one-year, $11.455 million franchise tender.

In some cases, franchise players hold off on signing the tender as a statement. Orakpo isn't messing around. Coach Jon Gruden already hinted that he wants to see his best defender improve on the field before signing him to a mammoth long-term deal, and Orakpo has said he has no problem with that. Still just 27 years old, he projects as one of the most coveted free agents that will hit the market in 2015.

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Coach Jay Gruden hinted that the Redskins will not work out a long-term deal with franchise player Brian Orakpo prior to the season.

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Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo expressed no displeasure with his franchise tag on Monday, and hopes to sign a long-term deal with Washington.

"Hopefully we can get something done as far as long-term, but at least this is a step moving forward and not backward," said Orakpo, who's owed $11.455 million via the tag. "I want something that can work out for the both of us and this was that one step moving forward, and I'm happy to continue hopefully being a part of the Redskins." The Redskins could significantly reduce Orakpo's $11.455 million charge via a long-term extension. That'll be the goal.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Brian Orakpo has "no plans" to sign his franchise tender, and it "may be a while."

The team was aware of this "risk" when it tagged him. Orakpo doesn't need to sign the tag to negotiate a long-term deal with Washington, which surely would be GM Bruce Allen's preference. Orakpo is free to skip pre-training camp activities as long as he's not signed. The Skins retained DC Jim Haslett's system, so missing OTAs would be of no concern for Orakpo's performance.

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Redskins assigned the franchise tag to OLB Brian Orakpo.

He's the fourth NFL player tagged, joining Saints TE Jimmy Graham, Panthers DE Greg Hardy, and Jets K Nick Folk. We were surprised to see a groundswell of support among "Skins fans" for letting Orakpo walk when he's going-away their most valuable player on defense. Although Orakpo has yet to truly realize his immense potential, he's a 27-year-old edge presence who fills against the run and recorded ten sacks last season. Refusing to let Orakpo hit the market was a no-brainer move by GM Bruce Allen. The Skins can now use the rest of the offseason to build around their standout OLB duo of "Rak Attack" and Ryan Kerrigan.

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ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects the team to keep a "close eye" on free agent Brian Orakpo's situation in D.C.

Some reports indicate the Redskins are prepared to tag Orakpo before today's 4PM ET deadline; others suggest they won't. If Orakpo does hit the market, McClure expects Atlanta to "at least check into the price of the talented pass-rusher with hopes of adding him." The Falcons are among the most pass-rush needy teams in football. If Orakpo were signed, DC Mike Nolan would very likely consider moving to a 3-4. Orakpo is a 3-4 outside linebacker.

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Updating a previous item, ESPN's Ed Werder says the Redskins are prepared to use the franchise tag on OLB Brian Orakpo.

CBS' Jason La Canfora is hearing the exact opposite as he reported Monday morning that the Redskins are unlikely to use the tag. It's a game of poker. The two sides are working on a long-term deal and the tag is leverage GM Bruce Allen can hang over Orakpo's head. He wants his top pass rusher back, but only at the right price. The Redskins can't afford to overpay with so many holes on their roster.

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CBS' Jason La Canfora says free agent OLB Brian Orakpo is unlikely to get the franchise tag before Monday's 4pm ET deadline.

Orakpo and the Redskins are not close to a long-term deal either. So as of right now, it looks like they'll let their top pass rusher hit the open market on March 11 and see what the market bears. Per La Canfora, a former Redskins beat writer, "Orakpo's health and erratic production have given them pause in the past." It's a sticky situation for the Redskins, who have holes all over the roster and are grappling with how much they can sink into one position.