Bruce Allen spoke at Brian Orakpo's charity golf game on Monday about picking up Ryan Kerrigan's 5th year option. The team had until May 3rd to pick up the option, and they have officially exercised it today. The Redskins now have Kerrigan under contract for the next two years. They can negotiate a long term deal with him, or wait until next season to see what happens when Brian Orakpo hits free agency.
Kerrigan has started every game since being drafted 16th overall in the 2011 Draft. He played through a meniscus tear in his knee last season that required offseason arthroscopic surgery this year. He still finished the season with 66 tackles, 4 forced fumble, and 8.5 sacks
Bruce Allen "We like Ryan & Rak together & we think they have the possibility of being a great tandem 4 yrs 2 come. We'll see what happens."— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) April 28, 2014
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said earlier this week that although the team at that point was yet to formally decide on Kerrigan's fifth-year option, that, "Obviously we love Ryan."
"Ryan from his first day walking on the field has been an impactful player for us," Allen said. "I think his first two years he played 100 percent of the plays and last year about 98 percent. He’s been a great addition for us and is obviously a solid character."
Kerrigan on Monday said he'd be elated if the team picked up his fifth-year option.
"I really like it here, and I like the team and the area," he said.
Correcting earlier tweet: Redskins picked upoption on Kerrigan's deal. He would've been a free agent next year. will earn $7.038M in '15.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) May 2, 2014
No downside to picking up Kerrigan option. Guaranteed only for injury now. Not fully guaranteed until March of 2015. Can still work L-T deal— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) May 2, 2014
Official Press Release:
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have exercised their fifth-year option on the contract of linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
Kerrigan (6-4, 260) has started all 48 of Washington’s regular season games and one postseason game since he entered the NFL as the Redskins’ first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. In three seasons, he has compiled 184 tackles (131 solo), 24.5 sacks, 15 passes defensed, 10 fumbles forced, two interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and one fumble recovery.
Kerrigan, who earned his first career Pro Bowl selection following the 2012 season, is one of 13 NFL players to have recorded at least 7.5 sacks in each of the last three seasons. His 24.5 career sacks rank tied for 10th in franchise history.
Kerrigan, 25, played collegiately at Purdue from 2007-10, becoming the Boilermakers’ first unanimous All-American since 1980 following his senior season in 2010. He is a native of Muncie, Ind.