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Steelers reportedly showed interest in veteran pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan

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Former Washington defensive end Ryan Kerrigan signed with the Eagles today on a one-year contract, but according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Steelers and Bengals showed interest in the veteran pass-rusher, as well, but he opted to stay in the NFC East.

Kerrigan, 32, started 141 of 156 games in his 10 years in Washington and recorded 95.5 sacks and 119 tackles for losses. He was also named to four Pro Bowls during his tenure in Washington.

With Bud Dupree signing with the Titans in free agency back in March, Alex Highsmith will step up as the starting right outside linebacker, but their backups are journeyman Cassius Marsh and rookie sixth-round pick Quincy Roche, so they could use a proven veteran on the roster.

With the Steelers reportedly showing interest in Kerrigan, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Steelers add another pass-rusher at some point this offseason. Veterans like Justin Houston, Olivier Vernon, Trent Murphy, Melvin Ingram, Jabaal Sheard and John Simon are still available as free agents.

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