Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will be a Redskin at least through 2015. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The Redskins announced that they have picked up the fifth-year option on outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan’s contract. The move prevents Kerrigan, who had this season remaining on his rookie deal, from hitting the free agent market in 2015.

Washington had until Saturday to make the move, and General Manager Bruce Allen said Monday that the team planned to do so. Kerrigan will make $1.5 million this season, and his fifth-year option calls for him to earn $7.038 million.

The Redskins selected Kerrigan 16th overall in the 2011 draft. He has started every game in the past three seasons, averaging 61 tackles and 8.1 sacks a season. Kerrigan, who made the Pro Bowl in 2012, also has tallied a total of 12 turnovers (two interceptions and 10 forced fumbles).

Speaking about him Monday, Allen said, “Ryan, from his first day walking on the field, has been an impact player for us. I think his first two years, he played 100 percent of the plays and last year he slacked off and down to about 98 percent, but he’s been a great addition for us and obviously a solid character.”

Have a question about the draft or anything else concerning the Redskins? Send an e-mail to with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

More Redskins and NFL:

Outsider: Three tight ends who could be fits

Fletcher to announce second rounder

D.C. Sports Bog: Fletcher felt ‘uneasy’ about name

Bog: Revisiting the Heath Shuler draft pick | More Bog

Fancy Stats: The Browns shouldn’t wait to draft a QB

Follow: @MikeJonesWaPo | @MarkMaske | @Insider | Insider on Facebook