LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Brian Orakpo.
Orakpo (6-4, 257) led the Redskins in sacks for the fourth time in his five-year career in 2013, returning after sustaining a season-ending injury in Week 2 of the 2012 season. Last season he finished with 70 tackles (47 solo), double-digit sacks (10) and had his first interception of his career against Chicago, which he returned 29 yards for his first career touchdown.
Orakpo was originally selected by the Redskins in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. For his career, he has appeared in 64 regular season games, all starts, compiling 283 tackles (195 solo), 39.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception returned for a touchdown. His 39.5 sacks rank fifth on the Redskins all-time sack list.
Orakpo, 27, played collegiately at Texas from 2004-08, posting 132 tackles (93 solo), 22 sacks, 38 tackles for a loss, 62 pressures, six passes defensed, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. During his senior year in 2008, he garnered several accolades including the Nagurski Trophy (nation’s top defensive player), Lombardi Award (nation’s top lineman), Hendricks Award (nation’s top defensive end), unanimous first-team All-America and All-Big 12 selections and consensus Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Orakpo was born on July 31, 1986, and was a two-time first-team all-district selection for the Lamar H.S. Redskins in Houston.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snyder since 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.