The initial wave of free agency is over and Washington signed a few key players. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was brought in on a 1-year deal, and hopefully he brought the Fitzmagic to Washington. Former Bengals CB William Jackson III was signed to a 3-year deal to shut down receivers behind that loaded defensive line. WR Curtis Samuel was brought in to reunite with Ron Rivera and Scott Turner, and give whoever is under center a versatile weapon.
Washington also re-signed a handful of players that they wanted to return, and signed a couple of depth players. Ronald Darby, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Ryan Anderson, and Robert Foster all signed with other teams. Washington is not done in free agency, and could make a few more moves before this year’s draft.
Ryan Kerrigan has been the most reliable player on Washington’s roster since being drafted in the 1st round in 2011. He played out his contract last year, and worked as a situational pass rusher. Montez Sweat and Chase Young are the bookend DEs in Washington, so Kerrigan’s opportunities to play were limited. He still had 5.5 sacks and 17 tackles while playing 38% of the snaps on defense and getting credited with 1 start. He indicated after the season that he still wanted to have a chance to start in the NFL.
There hasn’t been much reported interest from teams looking to add Ryan Kerrigan. Ian Rapoport reports that he is going to take a free agent visit with the Cincinnati Bengals. He would likely serve the same role there as he did here last season. Washington could also look to re-sign Kerrigan if he doesn’t find a situation that works for him.
Washington Football Team Pro Bowl DE Ryan Kerrigan will take a free agent visit to the #Bengals today, source said, another potential addition to Cincy's revamped defense. WFT also has interest in having Kerrigan, the team’s all-time sack leader, return.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 24, 2021
John Keim reports that Washington could also be looking at the trade market for another weapon on offense. The New England Patriots drafted WR N’Keal Harry(6’3”, 225lbs) in the first round in 2019. He has only started 14 games in his first two seasons. He has 45 receptions for 414 yards and 4 TDs. New England could be looking to move on from him, and Keim says there is interest from a few other teams. The asking price could be a 4th round pick.