"It'll happen as it happens, but of course it's in the back of your mind because it's a big deal," Kerrigan said Monday, per Mike Jones of the Washington Post. "... Hopefully we get that done. It'd be a great vote of confidence from the organization."
General manager Scot McCloughan expressed optimism Monday, per Jones, that an agreement will be reached.
Kerrigan, 26, is coming off a career high in sacks (13.5) while finishing behind only Justin Houston in quarterback hurries (51) among 3-4 outside linebackers, according to Pro Football Focus.
Taking on a leadership role, Kerrigan now views himself as the "elder statesman" in the linebackers room.
A long-term commitment would suggest new defensive coordinator Joe Barry shares the same vision.