Washington Redskins: Ryan Kerrigan the True Face of the Franchise

The Washington Redskins have seen a lot of players come and go over the last eight years. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. One such player has been a constant, however. He is an eight-year veteran and has quietly been a leader of the defense since the Redskins drafted him in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. His name, Ryan Kerrigan.

As I stated, The Redskins selected Kerrigan with the 16th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Since then he has been a staple on the outside of the Washington Redskins defensive line. No matter what the defensive coordinator asks of him, it gets done.

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Sacks

Ryan Kerrigan can become the Washington Redskins All-Time Sack leader in 2019. He currently has 84.5 sacks. Thus leaving him just 6.5 sacks behind all-time great Dexter Manley. Given the number of sacks that Kerrigan is averaging (10.5/season) in his career this should be an easy feat for him in 2019.

Leadership

Kerrigan has been a quiet leader for the Washington Redskins. You never hear about him threatening to hold out. You never hear about him taking plays off. Also, you never hear of him downplaying his teammates. Kerrigan is the consummate professional. He has never missed a game in his tenure (130 starts regular and playoffs). He is what we should want our future generations to look up to.

Contract

The Washington Redskins will have a decision to make at the end of 2019. In 2020, Kerrigan will be entering the final year of a five-year extension that he signed in July of 2015. He is currently set to make $11.75 million (this include his roster bonus of $250,000). As it sits, the Washington Redskins are only an estimated $18.3 million under the 2020 cap. While this does include the Kerrigan contract, I could see the Redskins trying to extend the outside linebacker. Therefore finishing his career with the only team he has played with.

Ryan Kerrigan is and has been the quiet leader for both the Washington Redskins and their defense over the last eight years. Any noise that he makes is simply on the field. It would be wise for Bruce Allen and company to make him an offer he cannot refuse.

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