The Redskins got a big win today, and are extending underrated defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis for 3 years, $21.75 million. The former 5th round pick went from being cut and placed on the practice squad his rookie year, to being one of the best penetrating defensive linemen in the league.
The Redskins spent heavy draft capital on their defensive line the last two years. Jonathan Allen and DaRon Payne were taken in the first round, and have solidified a young line for years. There were questions about whether Washington would extend Ioannidis with big contracts expected to come for the Alabama Wall when their rookie deals were up in 3 and 4 years(with 5th year options). The Redskins also double dipped last year by taking Tim Settle in the 5th round.
Ioannidis has been a force inside, but has also been rotated heavily, especially after Payne's arrival last season. He was still able to rack up 7.5 sacks, while playing around 42% of the snaps on defense.
My bad. @MikeGarafolo tweeted this out first... Deal got done rather quickly. Had been no talks prior to owners meetings but Skins always valued him. It's why you shouldn't panic... in April https://t.co/L1xZWbTmTn— John Keim (@john_keim) April 18, 2019
Over the past two seasons, Matt Ioannidis, 25, has a combined 58 tackles, 12 sacks and a couple of forced fumbles in 28 games. His 7.5 sacks last season ranked third on the #Redskins behind Jonathan Allen (8) and Ryan Kerrigan (13). https://t.co/YrMc29urBV— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) April 18, 2019
Big move for the Redskins – Matt Ioannidis has become an integral part of their defensive line rotation and has put forth back-to-back seasons with 35+ pressures and increased his overall grade in all three seasons as a pro. https://t.co/aODaMoTxgE— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 18, 2019
Up next? Brandon Scherff's extension...