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Numbers for possible extension for Redskins' Kerrigan taking shape as other pass rushers sign

Numbers for possible extension for Redskins' Kerrigan taking shape as other pass rushers sign

We are close to the start of the NFL free agent signing period (well, 4 p.m. tomorrow is supposed to be the start of it, anyway) it seems like a piece of unfinished business hanging out there for the Redskins. Ryan Kerrigan, the team’s best defensive player, is going to play in 2015 on a team option that will pay him about $7 million. As of now he will be a free agent in 2016.  There has been talk about getting him an extension that would keep him in Washington for what should be his prime seasons.

Perhaps one holdup to getting a deal done with Kerrigan has been a lack of comparable contracts for edge pass rushers to help determine his worth. We now have a couple of deals done and they are pretty good news for Kerrigan.

Early this morning Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes re-signed with Buffalo. According to reports his five-year contract is worth $45 million and $20 million is guaranteed.

In 2014 Hughes posted his second consecutive year with 10 sacks. But prior to that he was relatively quiet as a pass rusher. Hughes was a first-round pick of the Colts in 2010 and he posted just five sacks in three years there. At age 26 he has found the right scheme and seems to have figured things out.

Hughes made plays beyond just getting sacks. He forced three fumbles and returned one fumble for a touchdown.

Also agreeing to terms this morning was soon-to-be ex-Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee. He has a handshake agreement (figuratively speaking; players can’t even talk to other teams before tomorrow, much less shake hands with them) from the Bears that will be worth $40 million over eight years with $16 million guaranteed.

What McPhee got clearly a cut below what Hughes got and the numbers on the contracts reflect the numbers on the field. McPhee, 27, has 17 sacks in four years in the NFL. He posted a career high of 7.5 last year and that plus his solid all-round play made him a desired free agent commodity. There was a report that the Redskins were among the teams that were interested.

Going off of the numbers, Kerrigan is clearly a cut above both McPhee and Hughes. Kerrigan has 38 career sacks compared to 25 for Hughes, who has been in the league a year longer, and 17 for McPhee. Kerrigan also has an edge in interceptions, and forced fumbles over the other two.

That would indicate that Kerrigan, who will be 27 before the season starts, should get a higher annual average and more guaranteed money than Hughes got. The Redskins should start the negotiations at a $10 million annual average and around $22 million guaranteed and work it from there. The may have to be prepared to go to close to $12 million per year. But if the cap continues to expand the way it has over the past couple of years that won’t be an outrageous amount to pay for a players who is both a good pass rusher and a solid citizen.

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price


Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 


Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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