After spending the first 10 years of his NFL career with the Washington Football Team former Purdue All-American Ryan Kerrigan announced today via his Instagram that he would not be returning to Washington for his 11th season.
It marks the end of a great chapter for Kerrigan. During his 10 seasons with Washington he was a four time pro bowler. He amassed the fifth most sacks since his drafting in 2011 with 95.5 and is Washington’s all-time sack leader. Out of the 160 games in his career he’s missed just four. During this past season the utilization rate for Kerrigan fell to 38% of snaps. During that time he still was able to get 5.5 sacks.
Kerrigan has always been a workhorse who just gets the job done. He’s going to moving onto greener pastures (pun intended) as he then announced that he would be heading to Philadelphia to play for the division rival Eagles. For Washington fans this has got to hurt as Kerrigan has been a fan favorite since his drafting and the pain is doubly bad since he now gets to return to FedEx Field and take on Washington and get some sacks against the home squad. Kerrigan acknowledged this awkward change between division rivals in a follow-up Instagram post announcing he was signing with the Eagles.
Hopefully this can rejuvenate Kerrigan’s career as it seems clear to me the guy has a lot left in the tank. As a fan of the show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia this is also good news as it increases dramatically the chances that Kerrigan will either be referenced in the show or might even appear on the show itself! This would of course be a follow-up to Kerrigan’s successful star turn in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No that turned him into an overnight sensation in Hollywood. I for one would love to see more Ryan Kerrigan on my television. Best of luck to Kerrigan and let’s hope he can top the 100 sack mark this season which would put him in the top 35 of all time.