By Mark Gallagher
The Eagles surprised everyone by signing free agent edge Ryan Kerrigan back on May 17.
Surprised because he was an entrenched member of the WFT defense for 11 years and he had scarred the Eagles for that long.
Why did he choose Philly?
Becoming a free agent for the first time in Year 11 is an experience Kerrigan describes as “weird” and “different,” but he found some familiarity in his next NFL stop.
Kerrigan was enticed by his meeting with Philadelphia’s 38-year-old defensive coordinator, Jonathan Gannon, whose scheme probably will marry principles of his past stops in Minnesota and Indianapolis.
“I didn’t go into free agency saying I want to stay in the NFC East or anything,” Kerrigan said. “ … I was looking for a place where I felt like I could play my best football, where my skill set and my experience both in a 3-4 scheme and a 4-3 scheme could be utilized the best, and I feel like I found that in Philly.”