We are, more than likely, watching Derek Barnett’s final games with the Eagles.
In 2022, for the first time in a very long time, the Philadelphia Eagles will enter an offseason with both draft capital and a few dollars that they can wave around in free agency. History has taught us, over and over again, that even if Philadelphia lacks one or the other, they’re going to address the defensive line, even if it seems like there are more pressing concerns.
The Eagles have Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave under contract through next season. They also have a budding young star in their defensive tackle rotation by the name of Milton Williams, but it’s obvious that they need help at the defensive end position.
Brandon Graham’s age was already a topic of discussion, and after an Achilles tear ended his season in Week 2, that won’t stop being the case. The addition of Ryan Kerrigan was a train wreck. Derek Barnett is officially a bust.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying. The Eagles tried to squeeze all that they could out of the 2017 NFL Draft’s 14th-overall selection, but nothing has worked. Now, it’s time to turn the page, and when Barnett is officially off of this roster for good sometime in March and the topic of conversation turns to free agency, Philadelphia will have options if they choose to explore them.
Here are five potential free agents that would upgrade the Eagles at the defensive end position immediately if they indeed decide to move on from Derek Barnett.