Although keeping Orakpo remains a high priority for the organization, there's certainly a possibility that some other NFL franchise will swoop in like a thief in the night and steal the talented defender away from the Redskins once the free agency market opens up on March 11, 2014.
Here are five teams that could potentially sign Orakpo away from the Redskins once free agency begins.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers could have a need at the outside linebacker position opposite of Clay Matthews this offseason.
One option is to simply re-sign fellow free agent Mike Neal, who didn't play too badly in 2013. Or, if they're looking for a massive upgrade at the position, they could decide to make a run at reeling in Orakpo.A pass-rushing tandem of Matthews and Orakpo would instill fear into the hearts of opposing offenses. With an explosive offense led by star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and sledge hammer running back Eddie Lacy, the Packers only need to improve on the defensive side of the ball in order to restore their status as a legitimate NFC Super Bowl contender.
Therefore, signing Orakpo could serve as an integral piece in the Packers' offseason puzzle in 2014.
Although Robert Mathis is doing his best impersonation of a fine wine by getting better with age, he could use some help on the opposite side of the Colts' porous defense.
The franchise invested heavily in their attempt to provide Mathis with a partner in crime rushing the passer in 2013. Unfortunately, free agent pickup Erik Walden was a disappointment and first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner didn't do too much to distinguish himself during his rookie campaign.
If the Colts are looking for an instant upgrade at the outside linebacker spot, going after Orakpo in free agency would make a ton of sense. A duo of Orakpo and Mathis would provide immediate dividends for a Colts' defense that needs to improve in 2014.
New York Jets
Whether or not the Jets decide to re-sign veteran Calvin Pace will heavily dictate their chances of prying Orakpo away from the Redskins.
Pace experienced a comeback season as he notched an impressive 10 sacks in 2013. Although the Jets are interested in bringing Pace back, there's certainly the possibility of the team deciding to pursue a younger, more explosive player such as Orakpo at outside linebacker.
Orakpo would be a great fit for Rex Ryan and his defense, so don't be surprised if the Jets emerge as a serious suitor for the free agent linebacker's services this offseason.
The team's recent decision to hire Ken Whisenhunt as their new head coach could lead to the presence of the 3-4 defense in Tennessee next season. Free agent disappointment Kamerion Wimbley could become a salary cap casualty during the offseason and if this occurs, the Titans would be in the market for a dynamic pass rusher at outside linebacker.
If Wimbley gets the boot, don't be shocked to see the Titans emerge as an active participant in the Brian Orakpo sweepstakes once free agency starts.Oakland Raiders
With over $60 million in salary cap room, the Raiders have the money to make some serious moves during free agency. One of those potential acquisitions could involve the team going after a pass rusher such as Orakpo that they so desperately need.
Due to their abundance of cap space, the Raiders certainly have the financial firepower to offer Orakpo a lucrative deal that would end his days in a Redskins' uniform.
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