The Washington Redskins have picked up their fifth year option on outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan is entering his fourth year with the team, and the Redskins had the right to exercise the option to extend his contract for a fifth year. Kerrigan stands to earn $7 million in 2015, but that number might change if he’s signed to a long-term deal.
But so far in his career Kerrigan has proven to be a very solid player, and a dependable starter for the past three seasons for the Redskins. He has amassed 24.5 sacks in those three years, an average of eight sacks per season. That’s not a bad number, and suggests that possibly even better numbers might come from Kerrigan in the future.
Pairing him up with Brian Orakpo at outside linebacker and the addition of a pass rusher like free agent signee Jason Hatcher should free Kerrigan up for more opportunities to get sacks. Kerrigan has also been good against the run and is at least decent when dropping back into pass coverage as well.
But make no mistake, while Kerrigan is a solid all around linebacker, his best attribute is his ability to rush the passer. And the Redskins would be wise to take these next to seasons, and exploit that ability a lot more than they have in Kerrigan’s first three seasons with the team.