5 Eagles who have offered almost nothing to this team in 2021

Aaron Moorehead (L), DeVonta Smith (R) Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles
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. . Derek Barnett, defensive end. 96. player. 54.

Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett

At this point, you just have to back away from the desk, throw your hands behind your head, and give up. Derek Barnett has to have something on Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie. There’s no other reason why he’d still be here.

The Eagles had a massive opportunity at the trade deadline to get something for a guy that they’ll get nothing for by allowing him to occupy a roster spot for the remainder of the season and, then, walk away to explore free agency in March.

Anything would have worked, a young prospect or a draft choice. Philly’s brass did nothing, so here we are, waiting on a bust to make plays. Instead, we get more penalties than sacks.

Ladies and gentlemen, we were lied to. With the Eagles’ decision to take Derek Barnett with the 14th-overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, we were duped into thinking that Barnett might be a top-15 player from that draft class. The truth is Derek Barnett was never that good.

The Eagles ignored Marlon Humphrey, Tre’Davious White, T. J. Watt, and Budda Baker by drafting him. Oh, and then, there’s that thing about Barnett breaking Reggie White’s sack record at Tennessee with the Volunteers.

Never mind the fact that Barnett played in 39 games for the Vols and racked 32 sacks while Reggie White tallied 22 sacks in 22 games. In other words, numbers don’t always tell the entire story.