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Brian Orakpo receives Washington Redskins' franchise tag

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The Washington Redskins are not about to let Brian Orakpo hit the open market.

The all-pro linebacker was hit with Washington's franchise tag on Monday, ensuring that he will be a Redskin for at least one more year.

As a linebacker designated with the franchise tag, Orakpo is scheduled to earn $11.455 million dollars in 2014.

That is, unless a long term deal is made by the July 15 deadline.

He was not discouraged by Washington's decision to franchise him, although he did express his wishes to land a long-term contract. "I'm excited to continue to play football. I'm glad we've made the first step, but hopefully we can still get things done in the long run," he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I don't have a problem with the decision (the Washington Redskins) made, but I still want a long-term deal."

There remains reason to believe that Orakpo will challenge Washington's decision to franchise him as a linebacker as opposed to a defensive end, a position that he often lines up in.

He would have made $13.116 million in 2014 had he been franchised as a defensive end.

When asked about which position he should have received the franchise tag, Orakpo said he could not comment on it right now.

Returning from a season-ending injury in 2012, Orakpo was one of Washington's few bright spots on defense in the 2013 season, making his third pro bowl appearance.

He recorded a career-high 60 tackles along with 10 sacks and his first career interception, which also turned into his first career touchdown.

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