The Associated Press
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache did not sound too pleased that No. 1 draft pick Brian Orakpo missed the first two practices of training camp Thursday because he hasn't agreed to a contract.
"He's not getting better. We are not getting better as a team. When a guy holds out - doesn't help him, doesn't help the football team. The only person it benefits is the agent, so he can recruit people next year," Blache said after the day's second practice.
"What they are fighting about now - Orakpo couldn't explain it to you in 20 years, probably. Not that he isn't a very intelligent person, but it's minute things," Blache continued. "That's our business; those things happen. We don't worry about guys that aren't here."
Entering Thursday, only six of the 32 players taken in the first round of April's NFL draft had signed deals. Orakpo was the 13th overall pick.
Asked Thursday afternoon about the status of Orakpo's talks with Washington, his agent simply said they were negotiating.
Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said he had no new information on the talks with the only member of Washington's roster who was not on the field Thursday.
The Redskins are hoping to shift Orakpo from defensive end, which he played in college at Texas, to strong-side linebacker.
"He needs all the work he can do out here," Blache said.
"When he comes, then we'll worry about him," he added. "But in the meantime, he has to make decisions, they have to make decisions. But you know what? We've got to make decisions. We're moving forward."