Philadelphia Eagles free-agent acquisitions who will start this season

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The Philadelphia Eagles have a nice rotation at the defensive end position.

From adversary to ally, the only thing to complain about with the Philadelphia Eagles’ addition of Ryan Kerrigan is the fact that it would have been nice if the Birds had added him sooner. Greatness was obvious with the veteran a long time ago.

A Unanimous All-American, Bill Willis Trophy winner, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, and First-team All-Big Ten standout in 2010 from the Purdue, Kerrigan’s NFL career got off to a scorching start as he landed on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team in 2011. 159 games later, Kerrigan has over 450 total tackles, 95.5 sacks, and 26 forced fumbles on his resume.

63 of those tackles, 13.5 of those sacks, and six of those forced fumbles have come versus the Birds over the course of 19 games. He’s even scored a defensive touchdown. Did you see that part about being glad that this guy was out of the division? That wasn’t an exaggeration.

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At 32 years of age (he turns 33 in August), the only question is how much he has left, but starting him opposite Brandon Graham and rotating guys like Josh Sweat and Tarron Jackson in and out of the lineup means there will be some long afternoons and nights for the opposing offenses on the Philadelphia Eagles’sechedule.