Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) prepares to run onto the field prior to the Redskins

NFL Rumors: Atlanta Falcons interested in signing Brian Orakpo


The Washington Redskins have a decision on their hands when it comes to what they want to do with Brian Orakpo. While they want to bring back their talented defensive end, there is undoubtedly interest in him on the open market and teams are monitoring the situation to see if he hits.

One team watching the Orakpo situation are the Atlanta Falcons, who need a pass rusher but won’t overspend to get one — namely, Orakpo.

Per ESPN.com:

If the Redskins decide not to franchise Brian Orakpo at a cost of $11.455 million for 2014, expect the Falcons to at least check into the price of the talented pass-rusher with hopes of adding him when free agency starts on March 11. But the Falcons won’t overspend with other needs to fill along the offensive and defensive lines as well as at safety, in terms of priorities.

There is hope in Atlanta that the Falcons can draft Jadeveon Clowney, but signing Orakpo wouldn’t be a bad option either. So long as they don’t overpay for him, Orakpo is an option for the Falcons but he first needs to wrangle his way away from Washington first.

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