This off-season the Washington Redskins revamped a depleted roster on both sides of the football, but one of the mainstays through the rise and fall of the franchise has been Ryan Kerrigan. In just his second season with the team, Kerrigan made his first pro bowl and was defensive force on the edge. In 2013, he was even better sacking opposing quarterbacks 8.5 times. This year, Kerrigan said, “I’m tired of being consistent…I want to be consistently really, really good.” He continued, “I don’t want to be just consistently average anymore. I want to be consistently good.”
Clearly, Kerrigan has put the onus of turning the struggling defense around squarely on his own shoulders. Through his first three seasons, Kerrigan has recorded a combined 25 sacks, a great total for any player, but hopes his individual improvements will allow for the team to lower its 29.9 points allowed per game.
In the off-season, as expected, Washington picked up Kerrigan’s option so he will have two years remaining on his contract. The year prior to a player’s contract year is integral to a major pay day and Kerrigan knows he must prove his worth to the team and the National Football League in 2014.