NFL Free Agency: Brian Orakpo, Titans Strike a Deal


The Tennessee Titans and edge rusher Brian Orakpo have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth up to $35 million, per Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports.

Here is the report from Garofolo’s Twitter account, confirmed early Friday morning.

Our Charles McDonald (@NFLDraftWhiz) worked tirelessly on free agent bios and previews, and had this to say about Orakpo going into the process this offseason.

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“Brian Orakpo is one the better pass rushers in the NFL when healthy — but that’s precisely the problem. He missed almost the entire 2012 season with a torn pectoral muscle and missed the back half of the 2014 season with the same injury. A team signing Orakpo should be wary of his health, but if the medical situation checks out, your getting a guy who has 40 career sacks in 71 games over his career.”

Orakpo got $13.5 million guaranteed from the Titans, essentially two years of the contract. That’s a pretty solid bargain for the Titans, considering what Ray Horton could potentially do with the skills of a guy like Orakpo. The problem, as Charles perfectly stated, is the fact that Orakpo cannot stay healthy it seems. When he is healthy, Orakpo is a guy who can really change the dynamic of your defense, and the Titans desperately need his presence. Hopefully he can stay healthy to make this an impact signing.


The Titans got pretty good value for the former franchise player for the Redskins. Orakpo, a first round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, has hit double digit sacks just twice in his six NFL seasons, and will turn 29 this year.

This is a great price point for a guy who has been struggling with injuries, and is absolutely a risk worth taking for Tennessee.

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