Carson Wentz isn’t the only prominent quarterback to play for both the Eagles and the various Washington team nicknames over the years.
That’s somewhat surprising considering the bitter rivalry between the two franchises since they began playing each other in the 1934 season.
The Eagles will face Wentz for the first time when the two teams meet Sunday at FedEx Field.
But if past history is any indication, Wentz will want to put on a show against his former team.
The two teams have played each other 174 times, with Washington holding an 88-81-5 edge. But one would be hard-pressed to find a better cadre of players to wear both uniforms.
Here, then, are the most prominent to play for both teams:
Carson Wentz, quarterback
Eagles, 2016-20; Washington, 2022
The Eagles traded up twice in the 2016 draft in order to get Wentz at No. 2 overall, believing that he would be their franchise quarterback. He certainly was in his second season, when he was well on his way towards being named the MVP of the NFL, before tearing his ACL in a December game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Nick Foles ended up leading the Eagles to their only Super Bowl victory in team history.
Wentz could never duplicate that season, even after the Eagles gave him a four-year extension worth as much as $128 million in June, 2019.
By the end of the 2020 season, Wentz was rated among the worst quarterbacks in the league. He was benched for the final 4 1/2 games that season for current Eagles QB Jalen Hurts, then traded to Indianapolis the following spring.
Wentz lasted just one season in Indy before the Colts traded him to Washington last spring. Through two games, Wentz has thrown an NFL-high 7 touchdown passes. But he also has thrown 3 interceptions. He is completing 65.5% of his passes and has a passer rating of 100.3, his best since 2018.
Eagles, 1999-2009; Washington, 2010
McNabb is the Eagles’ all-time leader with 32,873 yards passing after Andy Reid drafted him No. 2 overall in 1999. By McNabb’s second season, the Eagles were in the playoffs. Then he led them to four straight NFC Championship games and five overall.
But the Eagles only appeared in one Super Bowl, losing that game to the Patriots. The Eagles traded McNabb in April 2010. Sure, that was shocking in itself. The fact that he went to a division rival made it even more shocking. The Eagles got back a second- and fourth-round pick.
McNabb, then 33 years old, lasted only one season with Washington, going 5-8 with a passer rating of 77.1, his lowest since his rookie year with the Eagles. McNabb finished out his career the following season in Minnesota.
DeSean Jackson, wide receiver
Eagles, 2008-13, 2019-20; Washington, 2014-16
Jackson was among the premier deep threats in the NFL during his first stint with the Eagles and during his time with Washington.
But the circumstances of Jackson’s departure haunted the Eagles for several years. Jackson was coming off his career-best season in 2013 when he had 1,332 yards receiving. Shockingly, then-Eagles coach Chip Kelly released him the following spring, mainly for chemistry issues.
Jackson quickly signed with Washington, in part so he could face the Eagles twice each season to exact revenge. And he did. In 2014, Jackson averaged 121.5 yards receiving per game. That season, Jackson had 1,169 yards receiving while leading the NFL with an average of 20.9 yards per catch.
In all, Washington went 4-1 with Jackson in the lineup against the Eagles.
Irving Fryar, wide receiver
Eagles, 1996-98; Washington, 1999-2000
Fryar had already spent 11 seasons in the NFL before he signed with the Eagles in 1996. Still, Fryar had two of his better seasons in Philadelphia, with 1,195 yards receiving in 1996 and 1,316 in 1997. Fryar’s production dropped off in 1998 to 556 yards, the final season under Ray Rhodes in which the Eagles went 3-13.
Fryar was 37 years old when he signed with Washington in 1999. He had 802 yards receiving combined in 2 seasons.
Art Monk, wide receiver
Washington, 1980-93; Eagles, 1995
Monk is easily the best receiver in Washington’s history, ranking first in receptions (888) and receiving yards (12,026). He also was on three Super Bowl winners during his time in Washington. He was named to the Pro Bowl three times and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
But Monk was 38 years old when he signed with the Eagles in 1995 after spending the previous season with the Jets. Monk only played in three games, with 6 catches for 114 yards. He still averaged 19.0 yards per reception that season.
Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end
Washington, 2011-20; Eagles, 2021
Like Monk, Kerrigan was among Washington’s all-time greatest players. He’s the franchise leader in sacks, with 95.5, and he was named to the Pro Bowl four times.
But after getting 13 sacks in each of the 2017 and 2018 sacks, Kerrigan had just 5.5 in each of the next two seasons. The Eagles would have gladly taken that production when he signed with them last season. Instead, Kerrigan, who was 33 years old in 2021, didn’t have a sack and finished with 3 tackles in 16 games.
Kerrigan retired after the season and is currently an assistant defensive line coach with Washington.
Sonny Jurgensen, quarterback
Eagles, 1957-63; Washington, 1964-74
Jurgensen, a Hall of Famer, was a top-caliber quarterback for both teams. He was a backup on the Eagles’ 1960 NFL Championship team before assuming the starting job in 1961. That season, Jurgensen led the NFL in passing yards with 3,723 and in TD passes with 32.
Incredibly, Jurgensen’s franchise TD record lasted for 56 years, until Wentz broke it in 2017. Jurgensen, however, does have an Eagles record that still stands: Most interceptions in a season with 26, which he set in 1962.
Jurgensen ranks second in Washington history in completions with 1,831, yards passing with 22,585 and in TD passes with 179.
Brian Mitchell, running back/returner
Washington, 1990-99; Eagles, 2000-02
Mitchell is Washington’s all-time leader in punt return yards with 3,476 and kick return yards with 9,586. Mitchell also leads the franchise in punt returns for touchdowns with 7.
Mitchell was 32 years old when he signed with the Eagles. But he still had strong numbers, with 1,369 yards on punt returns and 3,311 kick return yards. Despite only playing three seasons with the Eagles, Mitchell is the franchise leader in punt return yards, 14 yards ahead of Darren Sproles. He ranks second in kick return yards, behind only Timmy Brown.
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