Eagles waive former first-round pick DE Derek Barnett

Field Level Media

November 24, 2023 at 7:51 pm.

The Philadelphia Eagles waived veteran defensive end Derek Barnett on Friday.

Barnett, 27, had been listed as a non-participant in practice this week due to personal reasons.

He has played only 99 defensive snaps in eight games (no starts) this season, recording three tackles. He was coming back from a torn ACL sustained in the 2022 season opener.

Philadelphia drafted Barnett with the 14th overall pick in 2017.

“The Eagles organization would like to thank Derek for his contributions to this team over the last seven seasons,” the team said in a statement. “As a rookie, Derek made one of the most memorable plays in our Super Bowl victory over the Patriots. He has been a great teammate who always played with high energy and effort. We wish Derek nothing but the best.”

In Philadelphia’s 41-33 win over New England in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018, Barnett recovered a fumble after Brandon Graham’s strip-sack of Tom Brady with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter. That set up a 46-yard field goal by Jake Elliott to provide the final points of the Eagles’ only Super Bowl title to date.

Barnett has recorded 21.5 sacks, 76 quarterback hits and three fumble recoveries in 73 career games (45 starts).

The Eagles restructured his contract for 2023, reportedly agreeing to pay him a guaranteed $3.5 million salary plus bonuses and incentives.

Philadelphia hosts the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.