It's hard to look back at the 2009 NFL season and find many positives. A lockout was on the horizon, numerous misses in the draft class and the majority of new coaching and general manager hires fizzled.
Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is now locked in to a $11.45 million salary for 2014.
With the way Redskins coach Jay Gruden talked Wednesday, it sounds like Brian Orakpo shouldn't expect a long-term deal yet.
NFL free agency starts Tuesday, so we get inside the numbers of 15, including Eric Decker, Eugene Monroe, Jairus Byrd, Michael Vick, Jared Allen and Golden Tate.
While the team and Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will continue to negotiate a long-term deal, he's signed his franchise tag.
Jairus Byrd. Karlos Dansby. Antonio Smith. Michael Johnson. Here's free advice on what untagged players should be signing priorities for every team.
The owners always win when it comes after the franchise tag deadline. Other winners, Panthers' DE Greg Hardy. Losers? The Saints, who may pay more than they want or not get what they deem appropriate for Jimmy Graham.
Follow along all of the franchise tags used around the NFL with our handy 2014 NFL Franchise Tag Tracker.
The Cowboys and Steelers have work to do to get under the $133M NFL salary cap. Meanwhile, the Raiders, Jets and Browns are swimming in cap room.
The Redskins announced Monday that they have used the franchise tag on linebacker Brian Orakpo, the team's 2009 first-round pick, hours before the 4 p.m. deadline.

Biggest Stories


CBSSports.com Shop

adidas Oklahoma City Thunder 2014 Division Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

NBA Playoffs
Get your gear today!
Shop Now