The wait is over. While the Arizona Cardinals and their fans were waiting for linebacker Brian Orakpo to leave Tennessee to visit the team for nearly three days, it is no longer going to happen. The free agent linebacker has reportedly agreed to a four-year contract worth $32 million.
The Cardinals had targeted the veteran, who spent six season with the Washington Redskins, has 40 career sacks and, aside from the two seasons in 2012 and 2014 in which he suffered torn pectoral muscles, has averaged nearly 10 sacks a season.
Arizona seeks to improve the pass rush this offseason. They added veteran LaMarr Woodley, but he hasn't been a significant impact player for a few seasons.
Orakpo was believed to have a visit scheduled with the Cardinals on Wednesday. He spent the day in Tennessee visiting the Titans and stayed overnight. He stayed all of Thursday and then agreed to a deal Friday morning.
With Orakpo off the board and the Titans also signing Derrick Morgan, the pass rusher market is limited. Jason Worilds retired. Jerry Hughes re-signed with the Bills. The Cardinals have no interest in Greg Hardy.
What will be the pass rushing plan this offseason now?