Ashburn, Virginia. — Protector Ryan Kerrigan will retire as a member of the Washington Command. Kerrigan will sign a one-day contract with the Commanders on Friday afternoon and end his career with the organization that selected him in 2011.
Kerrigan is stepping down as Washington’s all-time sack leader with 95.5, but he played for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. Kerrigan will hold a press conference on Saturday morning and attend Washington’s practice.
Washington selected Kerrigan with the 16th overall pick and he was an instant starter, first as an outside linebacker on a 3-4 team and then as a quarterback on a four-man squad.
In a single five-year span, Kerrigan recorded 13 sacks three times and finished with 60 overall. During that time, he made the Pro Bowl three times and four times in his career. He left as a free agent in 2021.
Kerrigan was also known for his toughness. He played every game in his first eight seasons and had a total of 139 straight games before finally pulling out with a concussion. Kerrigan recorded no sacks in 16 regular season games for Philadelphia in 2021 but managed 1.5 sacks in the playoffs in a loss to Tampa Bay.
“While I’m grateful for the amazing times and memories I’ve had as a player, I’m equally grateful that I now have the wisdom and courage to walk away,” Kerrigan wrote in a message released by Commanders.
Kerrigan said it was “cool” to see so many fans wearing his number 91 jersey during his tenure with Washington. “And have the success that I was able to achieve? Something I could never imagine in my wildest dreams,” he said. “To say I’m grateful would be an understatement.”