The Redskins announced they extended their star outside linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan on a 5-year deal that will pay him $11.5 million a year and $57.5 million total.
The deal makes Kerrigan the third highest paid linebacker in the NFL behind Justin Houston and Clay Matthews. Kerrigan was about to enter the season on the final year of a $7.03 million deal.
“To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the team that drafted you, the team that you love, the city that you love, it hasn’t really hit me yet,” Kerrigan told Redskins.com.
Kerrigan had a career-high 13.5 sacks last season, that total was tied for the fourth-most sacks in a season in Redskins history. Washington begins training camp tomorrow in Richmond.
1. With a bolstered defensive line and secondary, Kerrigan could be in for an even stronger year.
2. Resigning Kerrigan was a must, the NFL is about passing the football and rushing the passer. Despite not having flashy moves, Kerrigan gets the job done and Washington couldn’t afford to let him walk next offseason. I can guarantee the deal he got today was a bargain compared to what he would’ve received on the open market.
3. Kerrigan is a model of consistency and is the right type of guy to build your defense around. I’m much happier to see him back over Brian Orakpo.