Ryan Kerrigan

Details On Ryan Kerrigan’s New Eagles Deal 

Ryan Kerrigan’s with the Eagles now and he’s going to make a whole lot less than he did with the Washington Football Team. The veteran’s deal with Philly includes just $1.425MM in guaranteed money, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). 

The $1.425MM is already in the bank, by way of his signing bonus. Beyond that, he’ll earn a base salary of $1.075MM, plus the opportunity to earn more through incentives. If he hits all of those bonuses, the edge rusher could top out at $3.5MM (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). The deal, Yates notes, includes four voidable seasons to spread out the cap impact. By deploying one of his favorite tricks, GM Howie Roseman will have Kerrigan on the books for just $1.36MM this year.

Meanwhile, Kerrigan’s last contract with WFT paid $11.5MM in base salary last year. It was non-guaranteed, but new head coach Ron Rivera kept him on board. Then, Kerrigan was hardly used. The team’s all-time leader in sacks was relegated to a reserve role and notched just 5.5 sacks in 2020.

Kerrigan will likely see similar responsibilities with the Eagles, with Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Josh Sweat in their DE group.

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Eagles Sign Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan Kerrigan is staying in the NFC East. On Monday morning, Kerrigan bid farewell to the Washington Football Team. And, minutes later, we learned that he’s agreed to join up with the Eagles (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). The Eagles have since confirmed the signing as a one-year deal. 

I’ll never be able to sum up what these past ten years have meant to me in an Instagram post, but what I can say is that they have been some of the best of my life,” Kerrigan wrote (Instagram link). “I hope you had as much fun watching me as I did playing for you. Thank you, Washington, for everything.”

Up until now, the former first-round pick had spent his entire career in D.C. Along the way, he collected four Pro Bowl nominations and 95.5 sacks to top Dexter Manley for the franchise record. Kerrigan started every game for his first nine seasons with the club. But, last year, he was mostly relegated to a reserve role and notched just 5.5 sacks for Ron Rivera. As a result, it was widely expected that he would move on.

Now, the 32-year-old (33 in August) will suit up for his longtime rival. The Steelers and Bengals (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter) also showed interest, but he felt that the Eagles would be his best fit. Currently, he profiles as the Birds’ No. 4 DE, likely behind Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Josh Sweat.

With Kerrigan off the board, other edge-needy teams can still consider the likes of Melvin Ingram, Justin Houston, Everson Griffen, Olivier Vernon, Ezekiel Ansah, Dion Jordan, and Adrian Clayborn.

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Latest On Ryan Kerrigan, Potential Return To WFT

While Washington may have selected a pair of seventh-round edge rushers, they still lack reliable depth behind Chase Young and Montez Sweat. Thanks to the shallow depth chart, plenty of pundits have wondered whether Ryan Kerrigan would re-sign with the team. When asked about the chances of signing the franchise sack leader, GM Martin Mayhew refused to explicitly mention anyone by name. However, he did hint that the team could look to add a veteran in the coming weeks.

“There will be guys who are released and we’ll keep an eye out for guys on the streets,” Mayhew said (via NBC Sports Washington). “We’ll probably have some try-out guys during our mini camps. We definitely plan to upgrade that position through the offseason.”

Kerrigan would be a natural fit for the role; he already served as a backup in 2020, so it’s not like the fan favorite would put up a stink about not starting. Despite only starting one game last season, the the 32-year-old still had a productive season, finishing with 5.5 sacks and six QB hits. It’s obviously been a while since Kerrigan was a Pro Bowl-caliber player, but his pass-rushing prowess and versatility would still be an asset to any defense.

Of course, Mayhew doesn’t have any true connection to Kerrigan, so it wouldn’t be a shock if he looks elsewhere for reinforcement. The GM also seemed to be a fan of his two late-round picks, Baylor’s William Bradley-King and Penn State’s Shaka Toney.

“We drafted these guys with the idea that these guys can contribute this year,” Mayhew said.

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Bengals To Meet With Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan Kerrigan will meet with the Bengals on Wednesday (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). If things go well, Washington’s all-time sack leader could be the latest addition to Cincinnati’s revamped defense.

[RELATED: Bengals Release Geno Atkins]

The Bengals recently dropped Geno Atkins – one of their own all-time sack leaders — leaving the door open for a veteran like Kerrigan. Kerrigan’s playing time dropped considerably in 2020 — the former Pro Bowler played on just 38% of the team’s snaps and finished with 5.5 sacks. After the season, Kerrigan made it known that he wants an opportunity to start.

I definitely want to be a starter,” Kerrigan said in January. “I mean, I think any player would say that. I don’t think anybody just wants to settle for being a role player or a reserve player…I’ve got to really be open-minded to several factors and open-minded to all teams, and that’s kind of what I plan to do. I definitely feel like I’ve still got a lot of ball in me, a lot of good productive years ahead.”

Kerrigan, 33 in August, could still return to Washington, though he’ll probably want some assurances when it comes to his role.

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Ryan Kerrigan Wants To Start In 2021

After ten years with WFT, Ryan Kerrigan is likely to play elsewhere. Where ever he lands, the veteran wants to be a first-stringer, as Sam Fortier of the Washington Post writes.

I definitely want to be a starter,” Kerrigan said. “I mean, I think any player would say that. I don’t think anybody just wants to settle for being a role player or a reserve player…I’ve got to really be open-minded to several factors and open-minded to all teams, and that’s kind of what I plan to do. I definitely feel like I’ve still got a lot of ball in me, a lot of good productive years ahead.”

Kerrigan’s playing time went gone down considerably in 2020, ending the year with just 5.5 sacks in 38% of the team’s snaps. He’ll turn 33 in August, but he believes he has a year or two of good football left. It’s hard to see Kerrigan anointed as a starter for an otherwise healthy contender, but there are plenty of teams that could use his veteran guidance.

Kerrigan is Washington’s all-time leader in sacks, but he’ll be happy to get a fresh start. WFT couldn’t find a trade for him before the deadline — now, he’ll get to pick his own club.

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Ryan Kerrigan Has Requested Trade

Washington edge defender Ryan Kerrigan has requested a trade, as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com writes. However, WFT has said that it will not deal its 32-year-old stalwart.

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.

As we heard last week, however, the less-accomplished (but considerably younger) Ryan Anderson could be on the move.

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Trade Rumors: Giants, Ryan, Fuller

After dealing Markus Golden to the Cardinals, it appears the 1-6 Giants have officially declared themselves sellers at this year’s trade deadline. Though GM Dave Gettleman may be reluctant to trade away veteran talent that could theoretically help Big Blue win a few games — and perhaps save Gettleman’s job in the process — players like Evan Engram, Kevin Zeitler, and Golden Tate could be available, as Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post writes (though Ian Rapoport of NFL.com says the club is unlikely to deal Engram).

2017 second-round DT Dalvin Tomlinson could also be on the move, per Dunleavy. Tomlinson is playing out the last year of his rookie contract, and while he has expressed interest in staying with the Giants long-term, there has been little progress in contract talks.

As we creep closer to the November 3 deadline, let’s round up a few more trade rumors from around the league:

Trade Notes: Vikings, Giants, Dunlap, Jets

The Vikings greenlit this season’s biggest trade thus far by sending Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens for third- and fifth-round picks. While GM Rick Spielman said the team is not waving a white flag on its 2020 season, Albert Breer of SI.com notes the Vikings are willing to make more seller’s trades. Teams have contacted them about Kyle Rudolph, their 10th-year tight end who is in the first season of his latest Minnesota extension. The Vikings signed Rudolph to a four-year, $36MM extension but did so shortly after drafting Irv Smith Jr. in the second round. While Breer notes the Vikes are open for business on contract-year players, the soon-to-be 31-year-old Rudolph would make sense as a trade chip as well. He was a trade candidate before he signed his extension. Guard Pat Elflein and franchise-tagged safety Anthony Harris are the Vikings’ highest-profile contract-year players.

Here is the latest from the trade market:

  • While this year’s NFC East could be historically bad, the Giants are 1-6 and in a seller’s position again. They have fielded calls on Kevin Zeitler and Golden Tate, according to Breer. Tate has been a deadline chip before, with the Lions sending him to the Eagles in 2018. Tate’s through-2022 contract, thanks to a PED suspension in 2019, contains no more guaranteed money. Zeitler’s deal runs through 2021. The upper-echelon guard has more than $5MM in salary remaining this season and is due a $12MM base in 2021. The Giants acquired Zeitler via trade in 2019.
  • Washington has lost five straight and is also willing to listen on veterans, per Breer. Two that have come up: edge defenders Ryan Kerrigan and Ryan Anderson. The former is Washington’s all-time sack leader; he has three this season for a deep D-line group. But Washington drafted Montez Sweat and Chase Young in the past two first rounds, creating a rare surplus that has moved Kerrigan to a rotational role. Kerrigan and Anderson are in contract years.
  • Carlos Dunlap took issue with the Bengals demoting him, joining Geno Atkins in voicing frustration about playing time. The Bengals were not eager to deal veterans last year, despite their struggles in a 2-14 season, but Breer adds teams view Dunlap as available for trade. Dunlap is Cincinnati’s all-time sack leader but still played a part-time role for the team last week, despite Sam Hubbard‘s IR placement. The Bengals are expected to cut Dunlap in 2021.
  • The Jets dealt nose tackle Steve McLendon to the Buccaneers shortly after their Week 6 game, and in a rare development, McLendon knew he would be a postgame trade piece a day in advance. The Jets interestingly opted not to hold him out of last week’s game. “I got the news on Saturday night that a car would be waiting for me after the game Sunday to come to Tampa,” McLendon said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. “I was like, ‘OK.’ Sunday morning, I woke up, I prayed, and I was like, ‘This is one last ride.’ A lot of guys were saying, ‘Man, you’re really gonna play?’ And I was like, ‘Man, this could be the last time I play with y’all in my career.'” The 11th-year veteran will now be tasked with replacing Vita Vea.
  • Traded players must go through similar protocols to free agency additions. They must pass a COVID-19 test for five days straight and pass a sixth on the day they enter the facility. This formed the Ravens‘ timetable on their Ngakoue trade, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com (on Twitter), in order for the defensive end to practice Wednesday and play against the Steelers next week.

Ryan Kerrigan Wants To Stay With Redskins

Ryan Kerrigan has one year to go on his deal with the Redskins, but he’s hoping to stick around for longer. The edge rusher told the team website that he wants to finish his career in Washington.

I obviously hope to be here for the duration of my football career, however long that is,” said Kerrigan. “I’ve gotten to talk to [head] coach [Ron] Rivera a couple of times over the phone, [but] haven’t really been able to meet him in person yet because of the whole lockdown and whatnot. Hopefully, I’m here for the long haul. I want to be here. They know where I stand and I want to be here.”

From the sound of it, the two sides have yet to discuss an extension. For now, Kerrigan is set to earn $11.5MM in base salary for 2020, though that sum is completely non-guaranteed. A longer deal would allow the Redskins to smooth over the $11.687MM cap hit while giving Kerrigan the additional years he’s seeking.

Kerrigan stands as the Redskins’ second-longest tenured player on the roster. The nine-year pro is 1.5 sacks away from topping Dexter Manley as the franchise’s all-time leader in the category. He’s also coming off of a down year, which may complicate things. In 2019, Kerrigan had just 5.5 sacks, the lowest single-season tally of his career.

What I did last year was definitely not what I ever want to put on film again,” Kerrigan said. “I got away from some fundamental things that really prevented me from being productive like I usually am.”

There was some talk that the Redskins would cut Kerrigan this offseason, but Rivera said in February that the veteran is staying put.

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Redskins Expected To Retain Ryan Kerrigan

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan missed the first game of his nine-year career in Week 13 of the 2019 season, and given that the rebuilding club could clear $11.5MM off its books by releasing Kerrigan, there was speculation that the Purdue product may have already played his last snap for Washington.

However, that does not appear to be the case. During an interview on the Redskins Talk podcast today, head coach Ron Rivera said that Kerrigan will be on the roster in 2020 (h/t Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington). “We had a great conversation with Ryan and it was awesome,” Rivera said. “He’s all fired up about getting ready for next season. I’m not going to get into a player’s contract, but he’s a guy we’re looking forward to having around.”

Kerrigan appeared in just 12 games in 2019 and posted a career-low 5.5 sacks, but he has 90 QB take-downs in his career, one away from Dexter Manley‘s franchise record. He also posted back-to-back 13-sack campaigns from 2017-18, so he clearly has something left in the tank.

Washington has long been expected to select Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young with the No. 2 overall selection in this year’s draft, though there has also been some chatter that the club could look at a QB, a corner, or even trade down. But even if they do draft Young, you can never have too may pass rushers in today’s game, so keeping Kerrigan, a four-time Pro Bowler, would make plenty of sense.

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