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Instant analysis of the Eagles signing former Washington pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan


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Glenn Erby 
May 17, 2021 10:57 am ET

After 10 years in Washington, Ryan Kerrigan apparently couldn’t pass up the opportunity to resurface in the NFC East with the Eagles.

The former Washington Football Team pass-rusher and Eagles tormentor has agreed to sign a one-year deal with Philadelphia.

Here’s some instant analysis of the move.

The Eagles killer heads to Philadelphia


Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson (65) prepares to block Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) during the first half at FedExField on Sept. 9, 2013. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Kerrigan had 13½ sacks, six forced fumbles, 24 QB hits, 51 solo tackles, and three fumble recoveries in 19 career games against the Eagles. All of those numbers are personal bests for Kerrigan against any one team, and his presence in Philadelphia likely will be a huge relief for offensive tackle Lane Johnson.

Kerrigan now a DE?

Washington Football Team defensive end Ryan Kerrigan walks off the field after the Washington Football Team’s game against the Carolina Panthers at FedExField on Dec. 27, 2020. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

An edge-rushing outside linebacker for Washington, Kerrigan will line up as a defensive end in Philadelphia, joining a rotation that includes Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, and Tarron Jackson.


Another value signing for Howie Roseman


Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan tackles Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey during the second half at FedExField on Oct. 14, 2018. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Even amid a rebuild, the Eagles have added several solid veterans in Anthony Harris (age 29), Eric Wilson (26), Kerrigan (32), Joe Flacco (36), and Andrew Adams (28).


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I think whatever way you try and look at it this is a good signing. He is still a good player with a really high motor and from what we've heard he's a good guy in the locker room. 

Last year he took Chase Young under his wing and apparently really mentored him. Helped him in practice, helped him understand what it is to be an NFL player, what things to eat, how to be etc. That's a guy who was drafted to be his replacement but he approached it with the utmost professionalism. 

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