Ryan Kerrigan to sign one-day contract with Commanders to retire

Veteran linebacker and defensive end Ryan Kerrigan has played his final snap in the NFL. 

Zach Selby and Hannah Lichtenstein of the Washington Commanders’ website explained on Friday that Kerrigan will sign a one-day contract so that he can retire as a member of the organization. 

Kerrigan first entered the league when he was selected by Washington in the first round of the 2011 draft. He spent the following 10 seasons with the club and earned four Pro Bowl nods, including selections each year from 2016 through 2018. According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the 33-year-old is the franchise’s all-time leader with 95.5 career sacks and 26 career forced fumbles.

Kerrigan played for the Philadelphia Eagles, largely in a limited role, last season. 

“While I’m thankful for the amazing times and memories I was able to have as a player, I’m equally thankful to now have the wisdom and courage to walk away,” Kerrigan said in a statement shared by the Commanders. “We all eventually come to the end of our playing days, and that time is now for me.”

Kerrigan added: 

“My teammates, coaches and all support staff members have become some of my best friends and the time I was able to share with them made going to ‘work’ every day something I cherished.”

Kerrigan had been a free agent since March and was recently linked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an ESPN piece. 

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