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The Redskins protected themselves with linebacker Brian Orakpo by placing the franchise tag on him Monday. The One-year tender for linebackers is $11.455 million.
Said Orakpo, "I'm excited to continue to play football. I'm glad we've made the first step, but hopefully we can still get things done in the long run. I don't have a problem with the decision made, but I still want a long-term deal. This is new to me. I'm just letting this play out to the end.
"I'm excited to be with the Redskins as of right now, but now we will go from here. It's always good to try and finish up with the team that drafted you. However, it is a business and I understand the business. If it works out then it works out. At the very least I'm happy they took this step forward."
The Redskins released five players Tuesday (March 4), including defensive end Adam Carriker who was carrying a $6.5 million salary-cap number.
Tight end Richard Quinn, who had signed a contract after the season ended, and punter Sav Rocca were also cut and the Redskins waived running backs Jawan Jamison and Davin Meggett.
Carriker had missed the last 30 games because of a recurring quadriceps problem. He has had three surgeries to correct the issue.
The Redskins re-signed defensive lineman Chris Baker to a three-year contract worth $12 million, including $4 million guaranteed. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 11.
"I've been waiting for my chance ever since I signed as an undrafted free agent in Denver," Baker told ESPN.com. "Sometimes you have to remain patient and wait your turn. I remained patient and kept grinding. I finally got my chance and took advantage."
Since joining the Redskins in 2011, Baker (6-foot-2, 333 pounds) has appeared in 29 regular-season games with three starts. Last season, he appeared in 15 games with three starts and was credited by coaches with 46 tackles (26 solo) and his first career sack.
Baker, 26, was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009. For his career, he has appeared in 31 games with three starts, compiling 43 career tackles, eight tackles for loss, two passes defensed and one sack.
UFAs who were regulars in 2013: Inside linebackers London Fletcher (who's retiring) and Perry Riley, Jr.; cornerback Josh Wilson; strong safety Reed Doughty.
UFAs who used to be regulars: Quarterback Rex Grossman; receivers Josh Morgan and Santana Moss; tight end Fred Davis; outside linebacker Rob Jackson.
Other UFAs: Receiver Dezmon Briscoe, inside linebackers Nick Barnett and Bryan Kehl, outside linebacker Darryl Tapp, cornerback E.J. Biggers.
SECONDARY: The Redskins got strafed through the air in 2013. Cornerback Josh Wilson and long-time safety Reed Doughty are free agents.
The unit was solid, but London Fletcher is retiring and fellow inside linebacker Perry Riley Jr. and two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Brian Orakpo are unsigned.
Left tackle Trent Williams and center Will Montgomery are fine, but right tackle Tyler Polumbus and guards Chris Chester and Kory Lichtensteiger struggled in pass protection.