Franchise Tag Applied to Brian Orakpo
Well, there goes a 3rd of the cap space. The Redskins applied the franchise tag to LB Brian Orakpo today guaranteeing him a one year salary of $11.45 million (all of it counts towards this year’s salary cap). There are a lot of fans who believe he isn’t worth that much and some even feel he isn’t worth $8 million a season. We can only hope this was done to give them time to work out a long-term, cap-friendly contract.
(Image from Washington Post)
The Redskins have about $18 million in cap space remaining after using the franchise tag. They can create more space buy releasing players and reworking contracts but they must remember to manage the cap to prevent from falling back into cap hell.
I believe this was done and eventually a long-term deal will result from it. Yeah, I know. Wishful Thinking.