The Veteran option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Kerrigan
All NFL fans heard about throughout the majority of the year was how good the front four was for the Washington Football Team. Ryan Kerrigan is the veteran defensive lineman that has anchored this D-line for so many years.
The 2020 season saw Kerrigan play in his final year of a five-year, $57.5 million dollar contract. He will be going into his 11th year in the NFL and hasn’t come close to getting a Super Bowl ring. Washington drafted Kerrigan in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft and he has been a constant since day one.
His 2020 numbers weren’t spectacular but that is probably due to the fact that he had three other guys that dominated, including Defensive Rookie of the Year, Chase Young. In 2020, Kerrigan recorded 17 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He also registered five tackles for loss, six quarterback hits, and one fumble recovery.
More than likely Kerrigan will finish out as a member of the Washington Football Team. He has spent all 10 years there and they will probably try their best to re-sign him. However, as stated previously, Kerrigan doesn’t have a Super Bowl victory and hasn’t really made a deep playoff run. The Buccaneers give him that chance.
Ryan Kerrigan has gotten his big payday which means that Tampa wouldn’t have to break their bank to sign him. Kerrigan will be 33 years old heading into the 2021 NFL season, which will also work in Tampa’s favor.
If Kerrigan wants to make a Super Bowl run, the Buccaneers give him one of the best shots to achieve that goal. The Bucs could sign him to a two-year, $9.5 million dollar deal, filled with incentives and guaranteed pay.
Hopefully, the Buccaneers will be able to keep Shaquil Barrett but with the way the cap space is trending, it appears he may very well be leaving. If that’s the case, hopefully, the Bucs can find a good replacement.