Philadelphia Eagles have to move off of Derek Barnett ASAP

Derek Barnett #96, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Derek Barnett #96, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

At this point, there is no longer any logical reason as to why Derek Barnett should be on this football team. The Philadelphia Eagles, in 2017, took eight players in that year’s NFL Draft. Most of you know this already, but Barnett, the 14th player selected that year is the only remaining member of that Eagles draft class that’s still on this team.

There isn’t anyone who’s watched this team over the course of the past two years that can make a logical explanation as to why that’s the case. Ladies and gentlemen, this may be one of the biggest first-round busts that this team has ever had, and if we’re being honest, that’s saying a heck of a lot.

So, just how bad has the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end been?

This is one of those stories that could have been written by anyone that watches this team. This isn’t an emotional take. It’s a theory that’s been crafted over the course of Barnett’s entire career.

Sure, he’s had moments here and there. It was Barnett that came up with the strip-sack in the NFC Championship Game versus the Minnesota Vikings while the game was actually still in question. Two weeks later, Barnett recovered the fumble that was forced by Brandon Graham versus Tom Brady.

Barnett has come up with game-ending sacks versus Andrew Luck and game-altering plays. Unfortunately, those moments haven’t been frequent enough. Teams that take players in the top 15 picks of any draft are looking for difference-makers and Number 96 is never going to be that.

Here we are, four seasons and three games into his NFL career, and the man who was sold to us as ‘the man who broke Reggie White’s sack record with the Tennessee Volunteers’ never evolved into the sack artist that this franchise hoped he’d be. Instead, he’s simply been a personal foul penalty that’s just waiting to happen.

Take a look at this. Thank NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Reuben Frank for the tweet.

Trending. Eagles have finally forced a defensive turnover. light

If that doesn’t put a bow on this one, we don’t know what to tell you. Hey Howie Roseman! Trade him! Do whatever you have to, but the Philadelphia Eagles have to move off of this guy ASAP. Heck, they should have moved off of him this past offseason.