After 10 seasons as the Washington Football Team's most feared defender, Ryan Kerrigan is joining a division rival.
The all-time sack leader in Washington announced Monday that he's signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kerrigan, a first-round draft pick in 2011, joins the Eagles after tallying 95.5 career sacks, 26 forced fumbles and 147 quarterback hits, all with Washington.
Kerrigan played and started in every game during his first eight seasons, tallying four Pro Bowl nods in the process. He played in all 16 games last season, starting just one amid a youth movement on the defensive front. Washington drafted defensive linemen in the first round in four out of five drafts, including defensive ends Montez Sweat and Chase Young in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Kerrigan: Not about revenge
Young's arrival in 2020 relegated Kerrigan to a bench role at 32 years old, where he remained productive with 5.5 sacks and six quarterback hits. He said on Monday that joining the Eagles had nothing to do with the chance to face his former team twice a season.
"No, not at all," Kerrigan said, per ESPN's Joh Keim. "I'm not like, 'Oh, I've got to get revenge.' Get revenge on Washington? The place has been so good to me. No, that wasn't a thought at all."
Kerrigan joins an Eagles defensive front featuring Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett on the edges. He won't get a chance to face his former team until late in the season with Washington and the Eagles slated for matchups in Weeks 15 and 17.
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