By: Patrick Waring
Sort of lost in the Tom Brady suspension conversations and the Drake vs Meek Mill “battle” (maybe lack of without a Mill response) was a little announcement from the Washington Redskins. Well, maybe not little, but it hasn’t seemed to hit major headlines outside of the area. Yet, that is.
The Redskins have reached a long-term contract extension with linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. The deal is reportedly for five years and worth around $57 million. Kerrigan has become the leader of a defense that is looking to improve and make plays this year. It’s a smart move for the Redskins and GM Scot McCloughan to get the deal done early and reward a young player that is a big part of a rebuilding project. Kerrigan is coming off of a season with 13.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He has been a steady workhorse since being drafted in 2011 out of Purdue. Making plays that look similar to JJ Watt in Houston, Kerrigan has been getting to the quarterback and attempting to knock down passes that are let go before he can get there. The Redskins have surely been pleased with his performance and potential, as the contract was drawn up and signed yesterday.
Switching speeds, or sports, the Washington Wizards appear to be in the same situation. SG Bradley Beal is coming into the final year of his contract and it’s been reported that the team would like to have the rising star locked up early to avoid any issues. Beal would become a restricted free agent if a deal isn’t made before the start of the season. Drafted in 2012 out of Florida, Beal has drawn early comparisons to future Hall of Famer Ray Allen. The only early concern could be health. Beal has missed time each season due to injuries, but the Wizards are hoping he can put those issues behind him. Keeping Beal paired with PG John Wall gives the Wizards one of the top backcourts in the NBA.
Beal and Kerrigan represent the same thing for each team. Two young players that are developing and are already considered to be in the top group of players at their respective positions. Both players are great examples of the change of culture that each team was looking for in the rebuilding process. Players with good character, have produced and are continuing to develop with the teams that originally drafted them.
The Redskins took care of business, now the Wizards are on deck.
Speaking of on deck, there is a certain baseball player in Washington that could be looking at a contract extension soon enough.
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