The Redskins have finally done something right when it comes to contract extensions. The team and defensive end Matt Ioannidis have agreed to a three-year, $21.75 million deal per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. Ioannidis has had quite the turnaround after being on the bubble to make the roster at the end of the preseason in 2015 and 2016.
Ioannidis, 25, has become a force on the Redskins’ defensive line since being taken in the fifth round in 2015 draft from the University of Temple.
Slated to hit free agency at the end of the season, the Redskins extended Ioannidis before his contract year even starts. Something not typically done by Bruce Allen and Co.
Ioannidis has proved to be a steal since he was drafted. In the past two seasons, Ioannidis has recorded a combined 12 sacks in the past two seasons. He’s also recorded a combined 28 quarterbacks hits.
In addition, Ioannidis has also forced two fumbles in his career and 65 tackles since his rookie season. Ioannidis has also tackled nine runners for loss since the 2017 season.
Ioannidis will play alongside with both Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne and haunt offensive lines and quarterbacks for years to come.
On paper, the Redskins defense will be a force to be reckoned with next season. After adding both Landon Collins
With the somewhat surprising extension of Ioannidis, it’s possible that they’ve already begun extension talks with offensive guard Brandon Scherff.