Of course, that could just be a negotiating ploy. Although the 2-5 Washington outfit is somehow in second place in the NFC East, it hardly profiles as a championship contender, and Kerrigan is on the last year of his current contract. Plus, his playing time has gone down considerably, as he has appeared in just 36% of the club’s defensive snaps this season.
As John Keim of ESPN.com notes (via Twitter), Kerrigan requested the trade some time ago (though he did say back in June that he would like to finish his career in Washington). The bigger issue is that teams just might not be all that interested in Kerrigan. Keim indicated that rival clubs have not been calling WFT about the 2011 first-rounder.
Kerrigan is Washington’s all-time leader in sacks with 94, including four this season. And Pro Football Focus still considers him an above-average pass rusher, giving him a 69.6 rating in that metric, good for 32nd among the league’s qualified edge defenders. It seems that a team in need of a boost to its pass rushing rotation could certainly use Kerrigan, but for now, it looks like he’ll stay put.
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