The Washington Redskins picked up Ryan Kerrigan’s 2015 option during the offseason which will keep him under contract for the next two years. Kerrigan has stated today that he is open to the thought of staying in Washington beyond that.
“I’ve worked hard these past few years to be the best I can for the team and for the organization,” Kerrigan said. “I’m going to be a part of it for at least an additional year and hopefully after that, even longer.”
In three seasons so far with the Redskins, Kerrigan has started every game and has played about 98 percent of the team’s regular season snaps. Although his stats have stayed consistent, Kerrigan is tired of the trend. He wants to become a better player and push through being “consistently average”.
Originally a first round pick in 2011, Kerrigan has recorded 183 tackles and 24.5 sacks. At only 25, he has been impressive so far in his career and hopes that this will be enough to prove he has what it takes to stay with the club long term.
Staying with the team has also brought with it controversial questions in regards to the team name. Kerrigan stated that he keeps his head down when asked about the debate over the Redskins name and reverts the conversation back to bouncing back as a team.
“It’s kind of a funny position because most of us don’t have an opinion on it,” Kerrigan said. “It’s just like, we play for the team. We play for the organization. That’s our employer. It’s unfortunate that’s taken the forefront, but it’s nothing that the players can really control.”