Brian Orakpo's 6 year career with the Washington Redskins is over, and he will reportedly sign with the Tennessee Titans on a 4 year, $32 million contract with a $35 million max and $13.5 million guaranteed. The Redskins weren't going to pay that kind of money to a player who is returning from his third pectoral tear, and his second season that he missed at least half the season to injury. The Redskins(and the Cardinals) were reportedly still interested in re-signing him, but after placing the $11.455 million franchise tag on him last season, they wanted to bring him back on a lower, prove-it deal. With a thinning market and Orakpo still being one of the top 3-4 OLBs on the market, he was able to get a good deal from the Titans. Tennessee also re-signed outside linebacker Derrick Morgan for 4 years, $27 million today, showing how much they coveted Orakpo in free agency. The Titans have added former Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator Dick Lebeau to run their defense, and were looking to bolster their pass rush after winning only 2 games last season.
Orakpo ends his time in Washington with 254 tackles, 40 sacks, 17 passes defended, 1 pick six, and 6 forced fumbles. He made three Pro Bowl apperances during his 6 year career. Now the Redskins must determine what they will do to replace Orakpo at ROLB. Last year rookie Trent Murphy started 8 games after Orakpo went on IR, missing the final game due to a fractured bone in his right hand. Players like Trevardo Williams, Jackson Jeffcoat, and Gabe Miller were used to replace him for the final game. For now Murphy enters the season as the projected starter, but the Redskins have the 5th pick in the draft and could have their choice of pass rushers.
Big early morning move out of Tennessee: Titans reached agreement with former Redskins LB Brian Orakpo, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2015
Last year, Brian Orakpo was Redskins' franchised player. This year, he is Titans' marquee free-agent pickup.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2015
Brian Orakpo's deal with the Titans: four years, $32 million base value, $35 million max, with $13.5 guaranteed, per source.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2015
In 2013 Brian Orakpo was our 4th highest graded 3-4 OLB. Can he get back to that form with Tennessee? pic.twitter.com/h3lKhLtrQt— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 13, 2015
Orakpo signing with the Titans makes it easier to project Leonard Williams there at No. 2 overall. Think it's Williams or a QB.— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) March 13, 2015