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Numbers for possible extension for Redskins’ Kerrigan taking shape as other pass rushers sign

Mar 9, 2015, 11:51 AM EDT


We are close to the start of the NFL free agent signing period (well, 4 p.m. tomorrow is supposed to be the start of it, anyway) it seems like a piece of unfinished business hanging out there for the Redskins. Ryan Kerrigan, the team’s best defensive player, is going to play in 2015 on a team option that will pay him about $7 million. As of now he will be a free agent in 2016.  There has been talk about getting him an extension that would keep him in Washington for what should be his prime seasons.

Perhaps one holdup to getting a deal done with Kerrigan has been a lack of comparable contracts for edge pass rushers to help determine his worth. We now have a couple of deals done and they are pretty good news for Kerrigan.

Early this morning Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes re-signed with Buffalo. According to reports his five-year contract is worth $45 million and $20 million is guaranteed.

In 2014 Hughes posted his second consecutive year with 10 sacks. But prior to that he was relatively quiet as a pass rusher. Hughes was a first-round pick of the Colts in 2010 and he posted just five sacks in three years there. At age 26 he has found the right scheme and seems to have figured things out.

Hughes made plays beyond just getting sacks. He forced three fumbles and returned one fumble for a touchdown.

Also agreeing to terms this morning was soon-to-be ex-Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee. He has a handshake agreement (figuratively speaking; players can’t even talk to other teams before tomorrow, much less shake hands with them) from the Bears that will be worth $40 million over eight years with $16 million guaranteed.

What McPhee got clearly a cut below what Hughes got and the numbers on the contracts reflect the numbers on the field. McPhee, 27, has 17 sacks in four years in the NFL. He posted a career high of 7.5 last year and that plus his solid all-round play made him a desired free agent commodity. There was a report that the Redskins were among the teams that were interested.

Going off of the numbers, Kerrigan is clearly a cut above both McPhee and Hughes. Kerrigan has 38 career sacks compared to 25 for Hughes, who has been in the league a year longer, and 17 for McPhee. Kerrigan also has an edge in interceptions, and forced fumbles over the other two.

That would indicate that Kerrigan, who will be 27 before the season starts, should get a higher annual average and more guaranteed money than Hughes got. The Redskins should start the negotiations at a $10 million annual average and around $22 million guaranteed and work it from there. The may have to be prepared to go to close to $12 million per year. But if the cap continues to expand the way it has over the past couple of years that won’t be an outrageous amount to pay for a players who is both a good pass rusher and a solid citizen.

  1. Stephfan - Mar 9, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    We need to lock him and Trentw up

    • jonevans511 - Mar 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      And, if he stays healthy while performing at a high level, Keenan. Cannot take for granted a solid to elite (whether he is elite will be a debate for next year or year after, I’d say) MLB, especially one with the play-making abilities of Mr. Robinson. He is a spark plug on defense; Relentless pass rusher in situations that call for it, but a smart player who finds himself in the mix on almost all plays. Having a nucleus of him, Kerrigan, Hatcher (I think he bounces back in a big way this year), (insert a solid NT here, TBD who that is) and a guy like Breeland is a great start- just need to build the rest of the roster to match our scheme and our defense will be set.

      Of course, the defense could still have a tough time if the offense continues to put them in bad positions (turning over the ball multiple times on our half of the field is unacceptable). But one can hope we focus on developing our young QBs in to something more than turnover machines/incomplete pass masters. Solidify that o-line, grab another offensive play-maker via the draft or FA (if possible and if available), and then give the keys over to RGIII unless or until he shows no development. I’m not a fan of jumping ship on QBs who have shown at least flashes of solid productivity, but I understand the criticisms and most of them are objectively accurate. I just don’t think RGIII is a bum who shouldn’t be starting so I’m holding out hope he turns his play around and makes quicker decisions with the ball. If I’m wrong and RGIII just does not improve, we either turn to Mr. Cousins or….. who knows?

      • bangkokben - Mar 9, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        Can’t build anything around Robinson until he puts back-to-back-to-back healthy seasons. Say what you will that his pecs aren’t the same as Orakpo’s, but I’d like to see consistent health before banking on him.

        • Stephfan - Mar 9, 2015 at 4:32 PM

          You have no faith in the players! Let me ask you this? Can you do any better than them? I don’t think so otherwise you’d be on the team.. Give him a break he has only been in the league for a couple years

      • bangkokben - Mar 9, 2015 at 5:20 PM

        Robinson was great last year but he also missed two seasons with torn pecs. RG3 was superhuman in 2012 and not even average since. Laron Landry was fantastic filling in for ST after his murder. Amerson looked good as a rookie and now looks like Otto Porter. Anthony Armstrong had one good year. Point is: there are a number of young players that have shined for our team but for a variety of reasons have not shined in following seasons. Before you bank on anyone, make sure that person has – like Kerrigan and Williams – done it year after year.

        So as much as I like Robinson or Griffin, you’re right I don’t have faith in either one – not like I have in Kerrigan. I also don’t believe that they will fail or will be injured. I’m neutral. But it doesn’t matter whether I do or don’t believe in them. They will play their seasons and we will see what happens. I hope for us that they have great seasons.

  2. st4hof - Mar 9, 2015 at 12:05 PM


  3. jonevans511 - Mar 9, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Pay the man well, keep him in Burgundy and Gold, and most importantly get another guy who can rush the passer consistently. It’d be devastating to opposing defenses if we had a guy like Fowler to help draw attention away from Kerrigan, or we could go another route and scoop up a big-bodied NT who can create pressure up the middle. No matter what route we take the line of scrimmage battle is one that the good teams win and the bad teams lose, so we’ve got to define our defensive identity and stick to it. That starts, and likely ends, with Kerrigan.

    I just want a situation where we don’t need to blitz to get the necessary pressure (isn’t that a novel idea?) and in doing so increase the number of turnovers/big stops significantly….

  4. mr.moneylover - Mar 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Redskins are close to a 4 year deal with stephen paea

  5. genuine30096 - Mar 9, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Kerrigan is definitely worth the money. #PayTheMan. Rich, in my other life I am an editor-for-hire.

  6. ET - Mar 9, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    If anyone deserves a big payday, it’s Kerrigan. I hope Keenan Robinson continues to play well and stay healthy—I’d like him to stick around a long time as well.

  7. wvredskins - Mar 9, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Yeah I agree. Pay the man. If we had 10 other Ryan Kerrigan’s on defense then we would have a top tier defense.

  8. gonavybeatarmy - Mar 9, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    “Pay that man his money. (Heavy Russian accent”

  9. goback2rfk - Mar 9, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Derrell Revis is going to become a free agent. A breeland revis combo would be pretty cool. pick his a$$ up

    • st4hof - Mar 9, 2015 at 6:40 PM

      Lol…. Then you woke up and realized Washington isn’t a contender… Keep dreaming pal!

  10. chris - Mar 9, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    I know I’m dreaming. Dreaming we’re going to start building through the draft and finally stop signing these big money/busts free agents as a retirement plan for them

    • st4hof - Mar 9, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      Yes my dream as well, no point going after a guy like Revis even if he would sign. Two or three years from now, when Washington is ready to compete for the division he (or any other high priced FA this year) will most likely be gone. In other words, money better spent elsewhere.

  11. Nawaf - Mar 9, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Lol … good thing about Revis is that we would not need safety 😂 2 for the price of 1

  12. shermanp79 - Mar 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    I think giving Kerrigan a deal this year makes total sense. They are going to have the QB to worry about next year, either pay one of the guys here or bigger money to a veteran. With Kerrigan maybe they can bump up his Cap hit this year to get more room down the road. I would think they could give him some type of bonus this year so it hits the Cap. They play so many games with the funny money, I can’t keep track of the rules. Even if they sign RAK or someone else it will be less than what RAK got last year. They can still cut guys if they don’t want to eat up all the Cap space. I would try to get a deal done and get it out of the way. A 5 yr deal including this year for 10- 11 a yr average with 25m guaranteed. He deserves more than Hughes because he had produced more consistency since he was drafted. Archives

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