Ryan Kerrigan signs with Philadelphia Eagles

As the weeks of free agency with Ryan Kerrigan going unsigned dragged on, a hopeful question made the rounds among Washington fans: Does a lack of interest elsewhere open the door for the veteran’s potential return to the Washington Football Team?

The answer came Monday, and it has to sting for local fans.

The longtime face of the Washington defense is now a Philadelphia Eagle.

Kerrigan announced on social media that he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles — leaving Washington for a hated NFC East rival.

The signing came after Kerrigan posted a goodbye to Washington on his Instagram Sunday night.

Washington drafted Kerrigan No. 16 overall in the 2011 draft out of Purdue, and the 32-year-old became the face of the defense. Stuck on mostly losing teams, Kerrigan still found ways to make an impact — the four-time Pro Bowler tallied 95½ sacks, breaking Dexter Manley’s franchise record last fall. He also was reliably durable, once holding the NFL’s longest active iron man streak of 139 games.

But the veteran became a free agent in March, and now he’ll join the likes of Sonny Jurgensen, Brian Mitchell and other notable Washington alumni to play for both teams. 

“I know I probably wasn’t your favorite player over the past decade, but Philadelphia Eagles fans I’m fired up to be playing for you guys now!” Kerrigan wrote on Instagram.

Over the course of his 10-year career in Washington, Kerrigan was a…

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