With less than 24 hours to go before the legal tampering period opens up in NFL Free Agency, the Redskins have extended a contract offer to outside linebacker Trent Murphy, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to NBC Sports Washington.
Murphy is slated for unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on Wednesday, unless he signs a deal with Washington first.
A second-round pick in 2014, Murphy missed all of the 2017 season with a knee injury sustained in preseason.
Any injury is tough, but Murphy was coming off a breakthrough performance in 2016, where he logged nine sacks, and looked poised for a big year as he headed into free agency. The 6-foot-5, 250 lb. pass rusher also landed a four-game suspension for PED use that he served last season while on the injured reserve list.
One of the strongest players on the team, Murphy's breakout in 2016 was enough for the Redskins to make a contract offer and attempt to keep the former Stanford star in Washington.
Paired opposite Ryan Kerrigan and playing with Preston Smith, the Redskins totaled 38 sacks in 2016, tied for 7th in the NFL. This season, without Murphy but with a healthy Junior Galette playing with Kerrigan and Smith, the Redskins posted 42 sacks and again tied for 7th in the NFL.
Murphy might be happy about the deal. Early Sunday afternoon he tweeted out the following video and message:
Blessed and highly favored!! Thankful for the many that have helped me along this journey and super pumped for he opportunities to come!!! LETS GO pic.twitter.com/62cAGNBE8l— Trent Murphy (@TMurphy_93) March 11, 2018
The Redskins still have a number of their own free agents with decisions to make. Murphy and Galette are slated for free agency, along with linebackers Zach Brown, Will Compton, offensive lineman Spencer Long, receiver Ryan Grant and kicker Dustin Hopkins.
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