- Ian Rapoport reports that Kerrigan receives a five-year extension that will pay him an average of $11.5 million per year.
- Rapoport adds that the agreement includes a $16 million signing bonus.
- According to Albert Breer, Kerrigan will make $32.78 million over the first three years of the contract.
This contract leaves Kerrigan as the highest paid outside linebacker in the NFL behind only Clay Matthews of the Packers.
“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 said. “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.”
Kerrigan, 26, had his fifth-year option picked up by the Redskins back in early May and stands to make a base salary of $7.038 million for the 2015.
Kerrigan hasn’t missed a single game since entering the NFL. He did, however, undergo an arthroscopic knee surgery back in January, but recent reports mentioned that his knee has recovered well and it shouldn’t be an option moving forward.
Last year, Kerrigan totaled 64 tackles, 13.5 sacks and five forced fumbles for the Washington defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme last season.