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Need to Know: Kerrigan first Redskins first rounder extended since Chris Samuels

Jul 30, 2015, 5:50 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, July 30, the day the Washington Redskins start training camp.

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As I noted in a post yesterday, prior to reaching a contract extension agreement with Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins have been able to re-sign only two of the 11 first-round picks they have had since 1997 whose contracts had expired. Here is a look at what happened to them.

DE Kennard Lang, 1997—Signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2002. He played with the Browns for four seasons before finishing up his career with Denver in 2006.

CB Champ Bailey, 1999—Played out his rookie contract and was given the franchise tag by the Redskins in 2004. But they ended up trading him and a second-round pick to the Broncos for RB Clinton Portis. Yeah, I know, why the second? Simply put, the Redskins offered it and the Broncos took it. Bailey is a likely first ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

OT Chris Samuels, 2000—Re-signed with the Redskins and ended up playing 10 seasons until spinal stenosis ended his career.

LB LaVar Arrington, 2000—Also re-signed with Washington, although there was a disagreement over some money that Arrington’s camp thought would be in the final deal that wasn’t. Things did not end well as he repaid some of his guaranteed money to be let out of his deal in 2006.

WR Rod Gardener, 2001—The Redskins traded him to the Panthers for a late-round draft pick following the 2005 season.

QB Patrick Ramsey, 2002—He was traded to the Jets for a sixth-round pick in 2006.

S Sean Taylor, 2004—We all know the sad story here, cut down by a home intruder after just three and a half years in the NFL.

QB Jason Campbell, 2005—Mike Shanahan couldn’t wait to get rid of him when he came in as coach in 2010 and he shipped Campbell to the Raiders for a 2012 fourth-round pick.

CB Carlos Rogers, 2005—After his rookie contract was up in 2010, a loophole in the CBA rules allowed the Redskins to keep him for a year as a restricted free agent. He signed with the 49ers in 2011.

S LaRon Landry, 2007—He signed with the Jets as a free agent in 2012. A dispute over how to treat an injury poisoned any chance of a long-term deal.

OLB Brian Orakpo, 2009—The Redskins tagged him in 2014. After another injury-plagued season, he siged with the Titans as a free agent.

Status of recent first rounders: Trent Williams (2010) is signed through this season, Robert Griffin III (2012) also is signed through 2015 and the team has an option for 2016 for about $16 million. Brandon Scherff (2015) signed a four-year contract earlier this year.

To add up the trail of frustration for the first-round Redskins, there were 10 players who have had expiring contracts. Two re-signed, Samuels and Arrington although only Samuels stayed with the team to finish his career. Two were franchised, Orakpo and Bailey although Bailey was traded shortly after being tagged. In addition to Bailey, three were traded. And three left as free agents.

Today’s schedule

—Redskins walkthrough, 10:35 a.m.; Jay Gruden news conference approx. 2:45; Redskins practice, 3 p.m.


—It’s been 214 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 45 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Preseason opener @ Browns 15; final cuts 38

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Jul 30, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    One reason for this pathetic record of talent managemt – SNYDER!

    He has pillaged this team by his horrific leadership. The only positive step made in his career has been SCOT. 45 year fan here and I have never seen a team decimated like this.


  2. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    I still remember the trade of Champ and a 2nd for Portis. That was during the time when a single dominant back was considered almost as important as the QB. While I do shake my head looking at this trade at its face value, I also recall Champ appeared to have no intention of staying in Washington long term. While Portis became a loved member of the team. Overall, I know many will contend this was a bad trade for Washington. However, if indications back were true that Champ was not happy in Washington then we would have very likely lost him in free agency. Champ was a very good shutdown corner. However I still remember Amani Toomer burning him on at least a few occasions. I also still have his Jersey in my closet so maybe I’ll go ebay when he is inducted in the NFL.

    • ET - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      I remember being very angry about the trade at the time. If Champ had plans to jump ship, I suppose it wasn’t the worst. But couldn’t they have offered a nice 5th round pick to sweeten the deal instead of 2nd?

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:46 PM

        Regardless of Champs situation, I agree we got swindle by the additional draft selection. I certainly agree a 5th would probably had sealed the same deal. I actually think it should at the most be a straight up trade to give them a shutdown corner. That’s a rare talent to have.

      • warpath1 - Jul 30, 2015 at 3:34 PM

        basically we got clinton portis for a second rounder. Champ wasnt going to play for us anyway

  3. hk2000 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Why are you dredging up the Vinny years? The worst manager in the history of sports- He only hit on a couple first rounders only because it’s hard to screw up all of those high first round picks.

  4. dkat44 - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    We may have locked up Junior Galette. He’s obviously a beast but comes with some serious concerns.

  5. gonavybeatarmy - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Good Lord! Kerrigan being the team’s first first round selection to get a second contract since a player who was drafted a decade and a half ago. That’s hard to fathom.

  6. abanig - Jul 30, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    This is really, really sad and points to the level of dysfunction and turnover in the organization since Snyder bought the team.

    • ET - Jul 30, 2015 at 12:49 PM


      We’re constantly looking at depressing stats here, but this particular post says a lot about the Skins long-term, systemic issues.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jul 30, 2015 at 1:49 PM

        It starts and ends at front office decisions. Snyder certainly should be blamed for it.

        • hk2000 - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:25 PM

          Snyder’s fault was trusting the idiot, Vinny. He did not and still does not have NFL knowledge and hopefully finally came to realize that- all the disasters we’re discussing here came under Vinny, so I’d rather blame the person who no longer makes those decisions and keep my fingers crossed.

        • abanig - Jul 30, 2015 at 3:59 PM

          It wasn’t too much better under Shanahan.

  7. RussianBreadMaker - Jul 30, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    According to this blog, there is A LOT I need to know! haha Archives

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