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His chances of staying with the Redskins were helped when new coach Jay Gruden retained defensive co-ordinator Jim Haslett, who plans to keep the 3-4 scheme that suits Orakpos talents. The Redskins can offer a generous deal to Orakpo now that their two-year, $36 million NFL-imposed salary-cap penalty has expired. But they have several other impending free agents on defence as well as various holes to fill elsewhere after a 3-13 season. They had previously re-signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive lineman Chris Baker. The Redskins also agreed to terms with safety Jose Gumbs on Monday for a one-year deal worth $495,000. Gumbs, undrafted out of Monmouth, made his NFL debut with Washington last season, playing in eight games with one interception. Orakpo had 10 sacks and his first career interception last season. He was selected with the No. 13 overall pick. Custom San Jose Sharks Jerseys . -- Tiago Splitter tipped in a rebound with 2. Tim Heed Jersey . 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