Brian Orakpo doesn’t foresee himself leaving the Redskins after his contract expires following the 2013 season.
“I would love to be a Redskin for life,” Orakpo said Monday morning at the golf tournament he hosts annually for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “That’s my goal. Obviously, when I talked to [owner Daniel] Mr. Snyder, he said that’s his goal. Coach Shanahan said that’s his goal. As long as both sides take care of our business, it shouldn’t be a problem.”
Orakpo, who turns 27 on July 31, signed a five-year contract after the Redskins drafted him 13th overall in 2009. It included $12.1 million guaranteed. His agent is Ben Dogra, who also represents Robert Griffin III, Trent Williams and London Fletcher.
He and the team have not discussed an extension in detail, Orakpo said Monday. That could have something to do with the season-ending torn left pectoral muscle he suffered in Week 2 last season. Orakpo said Monday he is fully recovered from that.
He also insisted he does not have durability issues, and his track record backs that up. He missed only one game in his first three seasons.
Orakpo made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two NFL seasons. He has 28 1/2 sacks in his three healthy seasons. The collegiate defensive end has improved as a run stopper under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s guidance.
Orakpo would not rule out signing an extension before training camp. Ultimately, he expects to remain in Washington.
“The coaches know what I mean to this organization,” he said, “and that shouldn’t be a problem once it’s all said and done.”