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Falcons interested in Orakpo

Brian Orakpo

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) laughs as he walks with teammates to practice during the team’s NFL football training camp at Redskins Park, Friday, July 27, 2012, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


Washington, despite having a new G.M., would like to extend its relationship with pass-rusher Brian Orakpo. Unlike last year, however, Scot McCloughan will have competition when it comes to keeping Orakpo around.

Per a league source, at least four teams are interested in Orakpo. For now, the leaders are believed to be Washington and the Falcons.

The Falcons desperately need help on the edge of the defensive line, a year after former coach Mike Smith successfully lobbied for the investment of offseason funds on interior defensive linemen. New coach Dan Quinn is emphasizing speed in all phases of the game.

Orakpo had 10 sacks in 2013. Last year, had managed only 0.5 sacks in seven starts under the franchise tag in D.C.