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Kerrigan agrees to long-term extension with Redskins

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Kerrigan agrees to long-term extension with Redskins

RICHMOND - The Redskins locked up their best player on defense Wednesday, signing linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to a five-year contract extension, the team announced on the eve of training camp.

Kerrigan’s extension calls for him to earn $11.5 million per year and includes a $16 million signing bonus, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The new deal extends the Redskins’ 2011 first round draft pick through 2020; he’ll earn about $7 million this season on the fifth-year option from his rookie contract, which the team triggered in May 2014.

Kerrigan is coming off his best season after amassing a career-high 13.5 sacks last season. He also finished the season tied for the league lead in forced fumbles with five.

The Redskins and Kerrigan’s representatives have been discussing a multi-year contract extension for months and met face-to-face last week, a source told CSNWashington.com.

“To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the team that drafted you, the team that you love, the city that you love, it hasn’t really hit me yet, but it’s an awesome feeling,” Kerrigan was quoted as saying in a story posted on Redskins.com. “Now it’s my job to go reward the Redskins for the faith they put in me by playing well this year, and for the rest of my career.”

The Redskins are scheduled to report to Richmond on Wednesday and then hit the fields at the Bon Secours training facility on Thursday morning for the opening practice of training camp. Whether Kerrigan will be among the players practicing fully, however, remains to be seen. The 26-year-old missed the entire offseason after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in May.

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden is scheduled to meet with reporters later Wednesday and is expected to provide an update on Kerrigan’s status.

The average salary on Kerrigan’s extension will put him third among all 3-4 outside linebackers, behind only Kansas City’s Justin Houston ($16.8 million) and Green Bay’s Clay Matthews ($13.2 million), according to overthecap.com.

“I think more than anything it’s awesome, the vote of confidence that the Redskins have put in me,” Kerrigan told Redskins.com. “Being drafted a couple of years back, defensive end who is becoming an outside linebacker, you’re never sure how things are going to turn out for you.”

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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.

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