The Redskins are doing a much better job at retaining in-house talent these days. And nothing's better for keeping in-house talent than a fifth-year option on a draft pick. The Redskins exercised theirs on linebacker Ryan Kerrigan Friday league sources told CBSSports.com. It was expected the Redskins would pick up Kerrigan's option -- CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported as much on Thursday amid other options being picked up. Kerrigan, the 16th overall pick, will make $7.038 million (guaranteed for injury only) in 2015 as a result of the Redskins picking up his option. Washington originally held the 10th-overall pick in that draft but traded with the Jaguars, who moved up to select Blaine Gabbert. (Whoops.) It worked out brilliantly for the Redskins, who will save more than $2 million in 2015 on Kerrigan as a result of him going 16th overall instead of 10th because of how those numbers are calculated. Players taken from 11th on get an average of the salaries at their position for fourth through 25th highest-paid.
Redskins exercise fifth-year option on LB Ryan Kerrigan
CBS Sports | May 2