Eagles’ Derek Barnett gauging trade market
The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the deepest defensive lines in all of football,and because of that, former first-round pick Derek Barnett is seeking a trade.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Barnett is seeking more playing time, and his agent is gauging the trade market. Per Fowler, it appears the Eagles plan to keep the 2017 first-round pick, but noted that he could have some value on the market.
Barnett, who missed last season after tearing his ACL in Week 1 against Detroit, has amassed just 21.5 sacks in six NFL seasons. The 27-year-old is currently behind Josh Sweat and Brandon Graham on the Eagles' depth chart at defensive end.
The team also has edge rushers Haason Reddick, and first-round pick Nolan Smith along with Janarius Robinson and Tarron Jackson as depth behind Sweat and Graham if the team moved Barnett,
Barnett has become known more for personnel fouls than on-field performance and had another personnel foul in the joint practices with Cleveland earlier this summer.
But in a scenario like that you can't react," said Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni when asked about Barnett's personal foul. " Anytime you get a personal foul you always want to talk about, hey, we can't do that because we have to fight them within the next play legally, right?"
"You have to be able to play tough, violent, strong, nasty, aggressive, all those different adjectives, and have to do all those things while doing it legally," Sirianni continued.
If the Eagles get a deal they feel comfortable with, expect Barnett to be playing elsewhere this season.
Barnett is best known during his time in Philadelphia for recovering Tom Brady's fumble caused by Brandon Graham after Graham's strip/sack in the Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.
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