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3 Most Likely Free Agent Destinations for Ryan Kerrigan

Most likely Ryan Kerrigan free agent destinations in the 2021 NFL offseason.
Most likely Ryan Kerrigan free agent destinations in the 2021 NFL offseason. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The NFL will have more new faces in new places as free agency starts March 17. That includes Washington Football Team all-time sack leader Ryan Kerrigan. The 32-year-old defensive end is set to be an unrestricted free agent, and doesn't seem to expect to remain in Washington.

Plenty of teams should be inquiring during the legal 'tampering period' 48 hours before free agency begins. Washington is building a young defensive nucleus led by 2020 top draft pick Chase Young and 2019 top choice Montez Sweat. That left Kerrigan playing fewer snaps, but his body is healthy and he's ready to continue his excellent career.

With that in mind, here are Ryan Kerrigan's most likely landing spots in free agency.

1. Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals continued their rebuild and improvement in 2020, and just missed the playoffs with a Week 17 loss. The overall defense ranked No. 25 in Pro Football Focus' rankings and the defensive line could stand to be upgraded, especially at end beyond Chandler Jones. The Cardinals lost Jones to a season-ending biceps injury in October, and the top-rated PFF player in the front seven was Cardinals edge rusher Haason Reddick, who graded out just above average. Kerrigan can add strength and a proven performer that can still play.

2. Minnesota Vikingss

The Minnesota Vikings lost four defensive starters ahead of the 2020 season. The losses took their toll on noted defensive specialist and head coach Mike Zimmer's team. The Vikings allowed 393 yards per game to rank No. 27 in the league after allowing 338 and 309 yards per game the prior two seasons. Minnesota lost two defensive backs, but really felt the loss along the line with Linval Joseph and end Everson Griffen. Then Pro Bowl pass rusher and under-rated top talent Danielle Hunter missed most the 2020 season with cervical spine disc herniation and had surgery. Hunter and Griffen combined for 154 pressures in 2019, and in 2020 the Vikings totaled just 194 with only one player having more than 22. The Vikings have top talent on offense but need upgrades and reinforcements to rebuild its young defense. Kerrigan could be a fit and improve the Vikings No. 30 ranked pass rush win rate (36%) according to ESPN player tracking data from NFL Next Gen Stats.

3. Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins made a huge jump in wins, going from 5 in 2019 to 10 in 2020. If Kerrigan feels the Dolphins are ready to make the playoffs and contend with the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East, then Miami could be his next move. The Dolphins have plenty of draft capital and an emerging young team which saw significant defensive improvement in 2020. Still, both defensive ends Zach Sieler and Christian Wilkins grade out as average according to Pro Football Focus. The Dolphins ranked No. 21 in pass rush win rate (40%) in 2020.

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