The Washington Redskins are apparently prepared to place their franchise tag on linebacker Brian Orakpo if the two sides cannot come to terms on a new contract by Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, according to a report from ESPN.
The three-time Pro Bowler led Washington defenders with 10 sacks last season after missing 14 games in 2012 with a torn pectoral muscle.
If Orakpo is franchised, then he will earn about $11.5 million next season.
By doing so, the Redskins would have the right to retain him by matching any contract offer from another team. If Orakpo were to accept an outside offer, the Redskins would receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.
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