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Washington Redskins hit Brian Orakpo with franchise tag

Hours before the franchise tag deadline, the Washington Redskins announced they have named Orakpo their franchise player. That means they must be prepared to pay him a one-year tender of nearly $11.5 million if the two sides cannot work out a long-term deal.

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Orakpo, 27, is a three-time Pro Bowl player who had 10 sacks in 2013, including seven in his final seven games. Although he has been beset by a few injuries, Orakpo has been one of the Redskins' best defenders since being the team's first-round pick in 2009. He has 39 1/2 sacks in his 64 games, having missed 14 games in the 2012 season.

His reaction:

The Redskins and Orakpo's representatives have been talking about a contract extension but to date have been unable to come to an agreement.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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