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Ryan Kerrigan latest to have 2015 option exercised

Marshawn Lynch, London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan AP

The Redskins made sure they held onto linebacker Brian Orakpo for the 2014 season by using the franchise tag and now they’ve made a move toward retaining the linebacker on the other side of the defense for the 2015 season as well.

The team announced Friday morning that they have exercised their fifth-year option on linebacker Ryan Kerrigan’s contract, which makes it highly likely that Kerrigan will spend the next two years rushing quarterbacks for the Washington defense. The 16th overall pick of the 2011 draft can still work on a long-term extension with the Redskins and stands to make $7.038 million in 2015 if he plays under the terms of the option.

Kerrigan has 24.5 sacks while starting every game over his first three seasons with the Redskins. The Redskins have talked a lot about being a more aggressive defense this season, something that should suit Kerrigan and Orakpo well as the team’s leading pass rushers.

Both players will be there in 2014, but keeping the duo in place over the long-term won’t be easy. There’s only so much money to spend at any one position on the field and both outside linebackers will be in position to cash in over the next two years.

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7 Responses to “Ryan Kerrigan latest to have 2015 option exercised”
  1. politicallyincorrect says: May 2, 2014 10:52 AM

    I prefer to sign Kerrigan more than Rak!

  2. rg3andthensome says: May 2, 2014 11:11 AM

    Ryan–Good to have you back. Defense should be firing on all cylinders this year. Time to earn the long term deal.

  3. bestbitter says: May 2, 2014 11:22 AM

    I can’t believe they passed on Blaine Gabbert for this guy…oh wait.

  4. kamthechancellor says: May 2, 2014 11:46 AM

    Lynch probably carried him for ten yards in that picture.

  5. kneedragr says: May 2, 2014 6:01 PM

    Orakpo is the better rusher, he will get more sacks. But Kerrigan has a nose for the ball and makes more big plays. Tough to say who I would want more, but I think Kerrigan will end up being the cheaper of the two.

  6. defscottyb says: May 6, 2014 1:41 PM

    Kerrigan is such a good player. He doesn’t get the huge sack #’s but he makes huge plays in big moments like strip on rb’s, forced fumbles on qb’s and tips Alot of balls at the line of scrimmage (2 that I remember for pick 6′s). This guy has a knack for making plays. I like Ray too he is solid too. He’d be even better if he didn’t get choked and strangled by the neck (held) on almost every play.

  7. defscottyb says: May 6, 2014 1:42 PM

    Rak not Ray…

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