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.
The team later announced the move.
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.
Kerrigan recorded 8.5 sacks in 2013, for the second straight season. He's got 24.5 sacks in 48 career games and hasn't missed a start in his career.
For a team short on draft picks and homegrown players, it was a no brainer to keep Kerrigan around at a reasonable price.
Kerrigan is the 19th player to have his option picked up. Track all those players here.