One of the longest-tenured Philadelphia Eagles’ players and his agent are reportedly exploring his trade market around the league.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, defensive end Derek Barnett and agent Drew Rosenhaus are “gauging the market” to see if the Super Bowl 52 hero can find a landing spot that would give him more playing time.
Fowler noted that the Eagles plan to retain Barnett, but that he should have trade value.
Indeed, the Eagles are absolutely loaded with prolific pass-rushers. They racked up 70 sacks last season, tied for the third-most ever by a team in a single campaign. Haason Reddick led the way with 16, while Brandon Graham, Javon Hargrave (now with the San Francisco 49ers) and Brandon Graham all posted 11.
Though Philly lost Hargrave in free agency, it’s widely expected that 2022 first-round pick Jordan Davis and rookie Jalen Carter (the ninth overall selection) will get lots of playing time on defense as well.
Barnett suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Week 1 last season against the Detroit Lions. Despite missing Barnett, Philly went 14-3 and went all the way to Super Bowl 57, where they dropped a heartbreaker to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 27-year-old Barnett recovered Brandon Graham’s forced fumble on Tom Brady late in the Eagles’ Super Bowl 52 win over the New England Patriots. That allowed Philly to melt precious clock before extending their lead to eight points. The defense held on for a 41-33 win to help the franchise win its first Super Bowl.
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