5 biggest zeroes on the Philadelphia Eagles roster in 2021

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Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles
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player. 54. . . . Derek Barnett, defensive end. 96

The Philadelphia Eagles could have taken care of the Barnett dilemma several times.

Earlier, when discussing some of the Philadelphia Eagles’ recent first-round draft choices, we mentioned Derek Barnett. Consider this the ‘deeper dive’. It’s been five seasons, the most recent being provided by an option that Philly exercised in his rookie contract much too early.

Barnett has done little to warrant the first-round draft choice that the Eagles used on him.

We’ve all been lied to. We were promised success because he had broken Reggie White’s sacks record with the Tennessee Volunteers. Never mind the fact that White played in 17 fewer games. Somehow that got left out of the story.

At various points of his 2021 regular season, if you didn’t know anything about him and you just looked at his numbers, you’d realize that he had more personal-foul penalties than sacks.

He’s the only remaining member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2017 NFL Draft class, and even though the Birds don’t have very many reliable options at the EDGE position, it wouldn’t be hard to make the argument for deactivating him for the remainder of the regular season, even though we can all probably argue, with the same intensity, that’s a bad idea.

Philadelphia could have traded him at least four times by now. They never pulled the trigger, and now, more than likely, he’ll walk during the next offseason with the Eagles getting nothing for their trouble. Pat Howie Roseman on the back for this one.