Loudoun County, Va. (October 22, 2014) – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent linebacker Everette Brown and placed linebacker Brian Orakpo on the team’s Reserve/Injured list.
Brown (6-1, 263) rejoins the Redskins, with whom he spent the preseason after being signed as a free agent on July 28, before being released on August 30. He was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and has appeared in 38 career games with three starts with the Panthers (2009-11), San Diego Chargers (2011-12) and Dallas Cowboys (2013). Brown has also spent time on the rosters of the Detroit Lions (2012) and Philadelphia Eagles (2013).
For his career, Brown has recorded 59 tackles (42 solo) with seven sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defensed and an interception. Last season, he appeared in seven games for the Cowboys and notched a sack in his season debut vs. Minnesota in Week 9.
Orakpo (6-4, 257) was in his sixth NFL season after being drafted by the Redskins in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. This is the third time he has needed surgery on his pectoral muscle. The Redskins placed the Franchise tag on Orakpo this year to avoid giving him the big long-term deal he wanted. This looks like a good bet since his season is over. Orakpo is productive when healthy, having recorded 40 sacks in the last 70 games. The problem is, he hasn’t stayed healthy enough to warrant a long-term deal.