Don’t mistake what was reported with what is actually happening.
I speak of course, of the ongoing contract status of Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo. It was reported earlier this week that the team intended to extend Orakpo, who has one year remaining on his contract. Mark Maske of The Washington Post, for one, cited an anonymous source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Of course, I have argued the Redskins have little reason to sign Orakpo to a long-term deal now. That being said, I suppose the team may intend to hold some sort of exploratory-type discussions regarding Orakpo. Maske did however note that it was unclear whether “the two sides are in active negotiations about a new deal.”
Let me translate this: the Redskins are willing to consider extending Orakpo at a certain price, probably not the top dollar the linebacker would like. However, they also know that Orakpo is a popular figure amongst the fan base, and that he has stated on record he would like to finish his career with the Redskins. So, while the team doesn’t want to necessarily pay top dollar, they don’t want the fan base to think they are not taking some sort of step to bring back a popular player. Remember, team owner Daniel Snyder has displayed increased interest lately in the public opinion.
So, it would stand to reason that the Redskins would want the word out there that they were making some sort of effort to extend Orakpo. Hence, the “anonymous source speaking on the condition of anonymity” may have been enlisted to get the word out.
Sure, there may be some desire on the part of the team to get Orakpo. I just need more than an anonymous source speaking on the condition of anonymity to believe it.
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