With many teams in need of a pass rusher, Washington Redskins free agent outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is a hot commodity. The Texas product has been one of the better dynamic pass rushers since entering the league.
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Orakpo had 10 sacks in 2013 but played only seven games in 2014 after suffering a pectoral injury.
With the free agent outside linebacker Jason Worilds announcing his retirement, Orakpo’s stock has rose even greater.
According to ESPN NFL Nation writer John Keim, Orakpo will visit the Tennessee Titans and then visit the Arizona Cardinals after.
The Titans are in need of an edge rusher to add to their 3-4 system. The Titans brought in legendary defensive coach Dick LeBeau to help run the Titans defense this season and adding a player like Orakpo could be a huge addition to the team’s pass rush.
The Titans also possess the No. 2 pick in the draft this season after a terrible 2-14 campaign last season. The potential addition of Orakpo and perhaps another dynamic defensive player at No.2 could help overhaul and improve the Titans defense.
The Arizona Cardinals finished last season 11-5 and under then defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, blitzed more than any team in the league. The Cardinals however, did not have that consistent pass rusher to get the quarterback and were led in sacks by young linebacker Alex Okafor.
Adding Orakpo to the budding NFC West power could help them in their pursuit of the division crown.
However, with the market for pass rushers drying up, the Titans might do everything in their power to lock up Orakpo before he can even visit the desert and see what the Cardinals have to offer.
Orakpo has special talent when healthy, and could provide a big boost to both of these teams.
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