Brian Orakpo has a lot to think about as training camp approaches.
The Washington Redskins outside linebacker missed 14 games last season with a torn left pectoral muscle, so he’s got that in the back of his mind. Then, Orakpo has to consider he is entering the final season of his rookie contract, putting him in line for a pay day from the club or an opportunity to explore unrestricted free agency come March.
Orakpo, who turns 27 next month, has 28 ½ sacks and five forced fumbles in his first three seasons with the Redskins. The team was ineffective rushing the passer without him last year.
“I’m not worried about it,” Orakpo said of the contract, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “I’m concentrating on having a successful season. Everything will take care of itself.”
The Redskins are cap-strapped this season because of penalties from the NFL. But that doesn’t mean the club cannot eventually get something done.
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