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    • Change of Thought: Let Orakpo Go

      When the offseason began I assumed signing Orakpo was one of the necessary steps to improving in 2014.

      Looking at the franchise tag of almost $12M for the season has me now thinking we need to let him go into free agency.

      While Brian has put up solid numbers when healthy the fact is I would not count him as one of the five best rushers in the game.

      To take up that kind of cap space being bandied about you really have to be talking about an all-pro caliber performer.

      Even with a longer term deal his number would be limiting in the team's attempts to improve the roster significantly in other areas.

      Again I am not convinced at 27/28 we are looking at a player whose upside is much greater than what we have already seen.

      Orakpo's 2014 cap numbers could equate to the salaries of perhaps 3 other younger veteran players that could help the team.

      Watching Baltimore and Seattle the past couple of years it seems the age of parity (mediocrity) in the NFL rewards those teams with solid all around rosters and a sprinkling of star performers.

      With the cap and injuries investing maximum dollars in any one position seems like a losing gambit.

      Qb may be the exception and Seattle was lucky enough to have one playing on his rookie deal.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Change of Thought: Let Orakpo Go started by Bulldog's Twin View original post
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