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Gruden: Orakpo may play out tag

Updated: March 27, 2014, 9:25 AM ET
By John Keim | ESPN.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Washington Redskins debated internally before using the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo. Now, if the linebacker is to land a long-term deal from the team, there's a chance he'll have to earn it with his performance this season.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said there's a desire to "get him here for as many years as we can." But he also did not sound in a rush to lock up the standout pass-rusher.

"I wouldn't mind letting him play out this franchise tag and ...

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