Ryan Kerrigan has been a stalwart for the Washington Football Team since he was drafted in the 2011 draft.
Now that Washington is in a semi-rebuild under Ron Rivera and company the long-time pass rusher is in search of a new home for the first time in his decade-long career.
Kerrigan’s numbers have dipped a little in 2019 and 2020, that could be age, however, that could also be a lack of use with Washington trying to get younger and change their scheme.
Kerrigan is another explosive edge rusher that could seriously help a Saints front 7 that has lost some depth due to cap casualties such as Trey Hendrickson and most likely Sheldon Rankins.
Kerrigan has notched 5.5 sacks in 2019 and 2020 however in 2018 he was good for a whopping 13. In 2018 Kerrigan played 79 percent of the team’s defensive snaps while in 2019 and 2020 he only played 57 percent and 38 percent.
Looking at these numbers, his production dip may be more related to his playtime than his declining skill.
If the Saints could sign Kerrigan to a team-friendly contract the risk may very well be worth the reward as Kerrigan has never played on a defense as talented as New Orleans.
With the defensive line help that currently resides on the Saints roster, Kerrigan could have a late-career resurgence or at worst be a better than average one-year rotational player for Dennis Allen.