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Ryan Kerrigan | Linebacker

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/16/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 260
College: Purdue
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Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan said he wants to be with the team for years to come.
Kerrigan has two years left on his deal after the Redskins exercised his 2015 option for $7.038 million. But he says "hopefully after that," he'll be in D.C. "even longer." Kerrigan has 24.5 sacks through three seasons, never finishing a season with fewer than 7.5 or more than 8.5. As long as he keeps producing at a steady clip, Kerrigan should have no trouble netting a healthy payday. Jul 9 - 5:48 PM

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Redskins exercised OLB Ryan Kerrigan's fifth-year club option for 2015.

As expected. The Redskins now have Kerrigan under team control for a little under $9 million over the next two seasons. That's huge for Washington, as Brian Orakpo is playing on the franchise tag and the team has no pass-rush depth behind he and Kerrigan. Kerrigan has 24.5 sacks through his first three seasons and tied for the fifth-most QB hurries among 3-4 outside 'backers in 2013.
May 2 - 10:38 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins are expected to exercise OLB Ryan Kerrigan's fifth-year team option for 2015.

The No. 16 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Kerrigan managed 8.5 sacks and four forced fumbles last season despite playing through a knee injury. Kerrigan is not a star, but is worthy of having his option picked up. He's never missed a game in his three-year career.
May 1 - 1:48 PM

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan said his left knee is near 100 percent.

Kerrigan underwent a scope after the season to repair a torn lateral meniscus he sustained way back in Week 3. He's been running, jumping and cutting. Kerrigan joins Brian Orakpo and Jason Hatcher as pass rushers in a scheme new head coach Jay Gruden insists will get after opposing quarterbacks more this year.
Mar 31 - 11:15 AM

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday.

Kerrigan is already off crutches and will only be sidelined 2-4 weeks. He's not expected to miss the Redskins' offseason program and is entering a contract year in 2014.
Jan 10 - 7:01 PM

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery next week.

Kerrigan tore his lateral meniscus in Week 3, but never missed a game on his way to 66 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 11 tackles for a loss. His recovery from the scope will only be 2-4 weeks. Kerrigan will be in a contract year in 2014.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 11:32:00 AM

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan has been cleared of a possible concussion, and will be active for Week 2.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Kerrigan could have practiced on Tuesday. Kerrigan racked up eight tackles, a sack and forced fumble before departing Monday night's loss late in the fourth quarter. The Redskins travel to Green Bay on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 03:10:00 PM

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan left Monday night's opener against the Eagles with a possible concussion.

Kerrigan left late in the fourth quarter. He had a solid night, racking up eight tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and a batted pass that resulted in a fumble that was returned for a touchdown on the opening drive.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 10:36:00 PM

According to Pro Football Focus, Ryan Kerrigan led all 3-4 outside linebackers in quarterback hurries with 50 last season.

Kerrigan terrorized opposing quarterbacks even though pass-rushing partner Brian Orakpo played in just two games. So Kerrigan saw increased offensive attention. He racked up 8.5 sacks, 54 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and eight pass breakups. Kerrigan will see more single blocks this year.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan recorded two sacks, two forced fumbles and five tackles in last Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

The Redskins are a mess on offense, but they have two major defensive building blocks in Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. Kerrigan, the No. 16 overall pick, played all 67 snaps Sunday and was in the backfield all day. He's up to five sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception on the season.
Tue, Nov 15, 2011 09:51:00 AM

Redskins rookie OLB Ryan Kerrigan registered a sack, a tackle for a loss, a quarterback hurry and two passes defensed against the Cardinals in Week 2.

This is on top of one pass defensed and a pick-six against the Giants in Week 1. Kerrigan is still making a few rookie mistakes, but he's more than compensated with his playmaking ability. The early results are highly promising on the switch from college defensive end to NFL outside linebacker.
Tue, Sep 20, 2011 06:30:00 PM

First-round OLB Ryan Kerrigan has nailed down the starting job opposite Brian Orakpo.

Redskins DC Jim Haslett said last month that Kerrigan would be eased in with the second team, but the No. 16 overall pick is playing faster now that he's comfortable with the scheme. Kerrigan tied for the team lead with two sacks in preseason action.
Fri, Sep 9, 2011 01:30:00 PM

First-round pick OLB Ryan Kerrigan (knee) is nearing a return to Redskins practice.

Kerrigan hyperextended his knee and suffered a bone bruise last Friday, and hasn't gone "full speed" since. He has been participating in walkthroughs and positional drills, but missing a week of normal practice is an eternity for rookies this year. Kerrigan was already facing a tough transition to OLB as it is, and it wouldn't be surprising if he started the season slow as a pass rusher.
Sun, Aug 7, 2011 08:22:00 AM

Redskins agreed to terms with No. 16 overall pick OLB Ryan Kerrigan on a four-year, $8.72 million contract.

While there are question about Kerrigan's fluidity in space as an outside linebacker, there's no about his ability as a disruptive pass rusher. The 2010 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year is already penciled as the starter opposite bookend edge rusher Brian Orakpo.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 10:19:00 PM

Ryan Kerrigan is expected to step into the starting lineup at outside linebacker opposite Brian Orakpo.

"We needed somebody opposite Rak on the other side, to [bring] some pressure," coach Mike Shanahan said. "We think Ryan gives us that ability to beat tight ends, beat backs, and obviously beat tackles ... We think he can make the conversion fairly quickly." The Redskins may have their bookend pass-rushers modeled after James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, but they're still missing a handful of key pieces on defense.
Fri, Apr 29, 2011 04:45:00 PM

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