Will Redskins cut Kerrigan or give him an extension?

Ben Krimmel
February 20, 2020 - 2:15 pm

The question surrounding the Washington Redskins offseason of change: How many veterans will be leaving town to create cap space to expedite Ron Rivera's massive rebuild of the roster?

Josh Norman and Paul Richardson were the first to go with Jordan Reed expected to follow. But what about veteran pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan

According to ESPN's John Keim, Kerrigan may be sticking around a while longer. 

"The reality has always been that an extension is far more likely than anything else," Keim wrote Thursday.

"Washington owner Dan Snyder remains high on him, and has communicated that to Kerrigan," he continued. "Multiple sources who know Snyder well have long predicted an extension."

Kerrigan, who will turn 32 before the 2020 season, is under contract for one year and will carry an $11.69 million hit if he plays it on his current deal. But if Washington decides to cut the veteran, it won't cost the team a dime. And that chance to save a big chunk of change will be tough for Washington to resist, especially with the likely addition of edge rusher Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

While Snyder may want to extend Kerrigan, it doesn't seem like the kind of move done by a rebuilding team. Despite being an ironman for his first eight NFL seasons, Kerrigan missed four games in 2019 and had a down year with the lowest sack total of his career (5.5). 

And if the Skins do take Young in the first round, it will be the fourth-straight season the Redskins have selected a defensive lineman in the first round (Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, and Montez Sweat in 2019). 

Earlier this week The Sports Junkies debated the possibility of releasing Kerrigan with John Auville saying he would have no problem "whatsoever" if Washington moved on from the veteran pass rusher.

"Look, he's a great clubhouse guy," Auville said. "I think his numbers are just going to continue to go down year after year and they should have traded him this past year when, I think., the Colts and the Ravens both had interest. (The Redskins) chose not to. I think that was a dumb move." 

"I don't know if I would have much of a problem with it," JP Flaim added. "Maybe you just move on, say you're going with the young bucks."

Jason Bishop summed it up simply: "He was certainly... a very good player, but if you can get younger and it's gonna save you money, yes, you have to make that move."

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