The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Ryan Kerrigan, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The paperwork still was being finalized, but it meant that the outside linebacker will be on the field for the team’s first training camp practice on Friday morning.
Terms of the deal were not immediately known.
Kerrigan, who was taken 16th overall out of Purdue, is converting from defensive end to linebacker, and the Redskins hope that they can pair him with Brian Orakpo to create a formidable pass-rushing tandem. Getting an on-time start and every rep possible will help ease his transition to the new position. Ultimately, Kerrigan will challenge veteran Lorenzo Alexander for the starting job on the left edge, although Alexander also could be used as an inside linebacker.
The Redskins are now believed to have agreed to contracts with all of their draft picks but seventh-rounder Maurice Hurt, although Hurt’s deal could be in the process of being finalized.