Eagles Waive Former First-Round Pick Derek Barnett
A perhaps too-long era in Eagles’ history is over. The Eagles waived former first-round pick Derek Barnett. After being active for the first several weeks of the season, Barnett was inactive for the last two games. He missed the Chiefs game for “personal reasons” and then missed two practices this week for the same reason. Now his time with the Eagles is over. Adam Schefter was the first to report the move.
The Eagles took him 14th overall in the 2017 draft. He actually had a decent rookie season, finishing with 5 sacks in a limited role. And of course, he recovered the fumble that Brandon Graham forced in the Super Bowl. But it has all gone downhill since then. He never lived up to being the guy who broke Reggie White’s sack record at Tennesee.
Barnett has built a reputation for boneheaded plays. Late hits, personal fouls, and untimely penalties became a trend with him. To the point there was even a famous moment where Nick Sirianni was caught saying “it’s always him” on camera. And at a certain point, his mistakes started to outpace his production.
And this season his production really bottomed out. Barnett had 99 snaps this season, and just 3 tackles, 1 of which was solo. Last season he had 2 sacks in 16 games. Barnett finishes 21.5 sacks in 73 games with the Eagles. He topped out at 6.5 in 2019. Barnett will likely be claimed by another team. Whoever does, would owe him only $500k the rest of the year, and despite never living up to his first-round status he has at times been semi-productive.
It leaves the Eagles with Haason Reddick, Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, Nolan Smith, and Patrick Johnson at DE. Tarron Jackson is their lone DE on the practice squad.