Derek Barnett stayed with the Eagles too long. Dennis Kelly left too early.
Perhaps it’s because we’ve watched each one of Derek Barnett‘s 2,606 regular-season snaps that we have some perspective other evaluators of his talent seem to be lacking. You wouldn’t believe how many times we saw that he’s one of the must-have EDGE stars on the free-agent market.
Sure, D.B. can punish quarterbacks and the opposing team’s offensive stars from time to time. Unfortunately, there have been too many instances in which when he’s done so illegally after the whistle has been blown and the play is over.
There are questions about whether or not Philly might bring Barnett back later on down the road if he’s still unsigned and his market isn’t what he expects it to be. Here’s a prediction, and it doesn’t have any critical analysis attached to it. If Philadelphia brings Derek Barnett back, there will be anarchy in the fan base.
Unfortunately, Barnett never evolved into the star and game-wrecker that the Eagles hoped he’d become. The next name on this list belongs to someone that they should have held onto for a while longer.