Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan says talks between his agent and the Redskins about a long term extension are “progressing well.”
“I hope so,” Kerrigan said, asked if an extension might get done before the season begins. “The last time I talked to my agent about it, it sounded like talks were progressing pretty well. [So] as far as I know, it’s progressing well and hopefully we’ll get something [done] soon.”
Kerrigan, 26, recorded a career-best 13.5 sacks last season and is arguably the team’s best player on defense. He’s set to earn $7,038,000 this season, the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. (The Redskins exercised the fifth year option on his contract last May.)
“It will happen as it happens,” Kerrigan said. “Of course, it’s in the back of your mind because it’s a big deal. It’s a big thing that could happen. Hopefully we’ll get that done.”
He added: “It would be great, a great vote of confidence from the organization, just like getting the fifth year [option picked up] …it makes you feel good knowing that they want you here.”
Kerrigan made the comments Monday prior to his charity golf tournament at the Lansdowne Resort.
Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan, who was participating in the tournament, said that he’s working to sign both Kerrigan and Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams to long-term extensions. Williams, whose cap number is a team-high $13.7 million this year, is also 26 years old and entering the final year of his contract.
“There’s no timeline on it right now,” McCloughan said about extending Kerrigan’s deal. “Just the fact that we’re in negotiations proves that we want him to be around us for a long time. I want him to have a second contract, and hopefully a third contract with the Redskins. He’s what I look for in a football player. Every day he’s there trying to find a way to make himself better.”
About Williams, McCloughan said: “Same thing. Negotiations are ongoing. …We’re going to take care of our own. That’s very important.”