Philadelphia Eagles have given defensive end Derek Barnett the green light to actively seek a trade partner, according to a report by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Barnett, a former first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, has encountered challenges in breaking through a crowded roster of pass-rushers.
Despite showing promise during his tenure with the Eagles, Barnett’s progress has been hindered by both injury setbacks and stiff competition within the team.
The talented defensive end had his 2022 season marred by injury, managing to participate in just one game.
Throughout his time with the Eagles, he has accumulated an impressive 21.5 sacks, displaying his potential as a formidable presence on the defensive front.
#Eagles DE Derek Barnett, through agent Drew Rosenhaus, is gauging the market for the potential to play more elsewhere, per sources. Philly plans to keep Barnett but understands a deep pass-rush roster limits playing time. The 2017 first-round pick should have trade value. pic.twitter.com/lq4KrNNFsC
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 28, 2023
Drafted 14th overall by the Eagles, Barnett’s career statistics also include 76 quarterback hits, 36 tackles for loss, and 3 forced fumbles.
With the Eagles recognizing Barnett’s ambition to play a more prominent role and acknowledging the abundance of pass-rushing talent within the team, both parties seem to agree that exploring trade options could be a beneficial path for all involved.