Derek Barnett's career with the Philadelphia Eagles has been marred by ups and downs. As a rookie, Barnett slotted right into the team that ended up bringing the first Super Bowl trophy for the city in more than 50 years, and he had some great moments during that
campaign, none more notable than recovering Brandon Graham's forced fumble on Tom Brady during Super Bowl LII.
But the years have passed and Barnett, a 14th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, failed to
meet expectations. No one ever expected him to become a superstar pass rusher, but his
production in Tennessee had fans excited about what he'd bring to the table. After five
years, it's safe to say his career has been a disappointment both for the fans and the
franchise - even new head coach Nick Sirianni was seen upset with him after a penalty
during Monday Night Football in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Barnett resigned with the Eagles in a one-year deal, but his security as a starting EDGE
rusher is diminished. Josh Sweat got a contract extension and is set to take Barnett's spot as the starter, and the signing of Haason Reddick in free agency will see the former
Tennessee product getting even fewer pass-rushing snaps.
Barnett has one last chance to make it in Philadelphia, albeit with much less faith from the
front office and the coaching staff. It's up to him to prove that they made a great pick back in 2017, but the odds aren't in his favor right now.