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Ryan Kerrigan signs with rival Philadelphia Eagles

Ryan Kerrigan spent a decade wreaking havoc off the edge for the Washington Football Team, causing plenty of problems for NFC East opponents. Now, Kerrigan will have a shot at revenge against the franchise that phased him out in his final season.

The 32-year-old edge rusher announced Monday that he is signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, with the club confirming that Kerrigan has joined the club on a one-year contract.

Washington’s defense took a huge step forward this past season, become one of the best units in the NFL. Chase Young, the former No. 2 overall pick, exploded in his rookie season and Montez Sweat came through with a breakout year. Unfortunately, it also meant a reduced role for Kerrigan.

While Kerrigan’s tenure with the franchise ended on an underwhelming note, he made an undeniable impact long before that. Drafted with the No. 16 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-4 pass rusher quickly earned appreciation from fans and emerged as one of the best edge rushers in the NFL.

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From 2011-’18, Kerrigan racked up 127 quarterback hits, 108 tackles for loss, 74.5 sacks and returned three interceptions for touchdowns. During the 2020 season, he passed Dexter Manley’s record (91) to become the all-time sack leader in franchise history (95.5).

Kerrigan should enjoy a rotational role in the Eagles’ defense. Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham are the projected starters in Philadelphia’s 4-3 front, but there will be plenty of opportunities for the veteran. Turning 33 in August, Kerrigan will likely have the Dec. 21 matchup against Washington circled on his calendar.