Perhaps the Philadelphia Eagles should accept defeat on this one.
If you’ve been a Philadelphia Eagles fan long enough, you’ve recently no doubt gotten used to hearing some things that seem to come up every single offseason.
Every year, we talk about how this team needs cornerbacks and wide receivers. Every year, we talk about how this team needs to put more stock in the linebacker corps. Every year, we say that this will be the year that Derek Barnett has his breakout.
We’ve been talking about that breakout since his second season in 2018. It’s never come and at this point, you have to ask if it’s ridiculous to continue to state it’s going to happen.
There are late bloomers and there are, well, it’s hard to know what to call Barnett. He’s had a few nice moments, a game-ending sack in 2018 versus Andrew Luck and a momentum-shifting strip-sack in the NFC Championship game versus the Minnesota Vikings for instance, but those moments are few and far between.
19.5 sacks in four seasons don’t justify the first-round pick that the Eagles used on him. This is the only remaining member of the Eagles’ 2017 draft class on the roster. It may be time to move on from him as well while the Eagles can still get something for him.