With a trading deadline of only one day left, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said he “will not speculate” on the commercial rumors regarding the dismissal of leader Ryan Kerrigan.
Rivera’s comments are the first time he has spoken of rumors of a potential deal involving Kerrigan since reports came out over the weekend that the 32-year-old had been asking for. Despite the rumors said, Washington is expected to keep Kerrigan, who will expire at the end of the season.
Although Kerrigan doesn’t see the number of snaps on a per-game basis he wants, he is still productive in limited actions. Kerrigan is second in the team with four goals despite playing only 36% of his defense games at the lowest level of his career. He has received praise from both Rivera and defense coordinator Jack Del Rio for his efforts in a new role this season.
Washington may not be interested in moving on from Kerrigan at the moment, they have the flexibility to do so due to the team̵7;s solid defense and the arrival of Montez Sweat and Chase Young.
So if Kerrigan was to be traded, where could he go? Let’s take a look.
1. Seattle Seahawks
Perhaps no team has made more sense as a commercial destination for Kerrigan than the Seahawks, a team that had a deal with Washington this year when Seattle acquired Quinton Dunbar in March.
Seattle is currently in position 6-1 and in first place in NFC West. The Seahawks are a true Super Bowl contender, and Kerrigan’s move west will mark the first time he can play for a truly champions-caliber team.
The Seahawks are also in great demand for their ability to overcome, a defense gap that has shown quite clearly this season without Jadeveon Clowney.
Through Week 8, the Seahawks have only scored 12 bags during the season, ranking 24th in the tournament. It’s worth noting that two of those sacks came from Jamal Adams, who played the role of safety. The pass was simply not completed.
Seattle’s onslaught gave them a hot start, but their defense will definitely need to improve if they hope to get a deep playoff. The organization knows this and that’s part of the reason they traded with Carlos Dunlap last week.
By adding Kerrigan, Seattle addresses their biggest gap in the group. If they can offer Washington fair compensation, this looks like an ideal fit.
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2. Las Vegas Raiders
Believe it or not, the Raiders are 4-3 and are in a favorable position to win tickets to the play-offs for the first time since 2015.
Like Seattle, the Raiders’ pass is arguably the team’s weakest defender. After seven games, the Las Vegas defense only had seven layoffs in the season. Only Jaguar had less in the season with six.
Entering the season, Las Vegas imagined they had a quick pass duo with sophomore professional runners Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby, who combined for 14.5 sacks as rookie in 2019. While Crosby has already yielded 4.5 bags this season, Ferrell still hasn’t even had a one-bag record this year.
Kerrigan may not start out for the Raiders, if they get him, but he will certainly see more opportunities for Jon Gruden’s team than he does currently in Washington. The production of Ferrell and Crosby isn’t just close to what Young and Sweat are doing weekly in the nation’s capital.
3. Tennessee Titans
As stated earlier, Jadeveon Clowney’s loss has significantly affected Seattle’s pass, which is why they could be selected for Kerrigan. However, Clowney’s decision to sign Tennessee this season did not help the Titans much.
Titans have only had seven layoffs during the season, along with Las Vegas for the second-lowest record of any team in the NFL. Both Clowney and Vic Beasley, who have signed a one-year contract this season, have yet to score a single goal in seven games this season.
Last Sunday, Titans had lost convincingly to the Bengals a previous win. Entering the match, Bengals QB Joe Burrow was fired 28 times the most tournament. Burrow was not fired once by Tennessee on Sunday, and pick # 1 overall played flawless football in the win.
After losing a match at the AFC Championship a year ago, Titans looked better this season and was a real contender in the congress. However, this team has very little chance of surpassing the elite of AFC if they can not fire the quartet.
Tennessee was active in the commercial market, as they improved their secondary by trading for former Chargers defender Desmond King on Monday. The Kerrigan deal will only help a defense leveling his game a few steps if Tennessee hopes to play deep in January or February.