The Philadelphia Eagles are slowly but surely dipping their toes into the world of the 2022 NFL Free Agency. Recently, the team landed former Indianapolis Colts receiver Zach Pascal and former Carolina Panthers linebacker Haason Reddick.
Thursday afternoon, news broke that the Eagles re-signed Derek Barnett to a two-year deal. The defensive end was one of many free agents from Philadelphia this offseason.
NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted the news shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday.
Eagles are re-signing free-agent DE Derek Barnett to a two-year deal, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2022
Barnett is entering his sixth season in the NFL, and he has spent his entire professional football career with the Eagles. Philadelphia selected him 14th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Since then, Barnett earned the title of Super Bowl champion and the title of an honorary member of the 2017 PFWA All-Rookie Team.
In his career with the Eagles, Barnett has contributed 147 tackles, 21.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and one defensive touchdown. Most notably, one of Barnett's three fumble recoveries was the recovery following Brandon Graham's strip-sack on Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII.
Barnett has been ridiculed in Philadelphia for his tendency to get careless penalties. Along with two sacks and 46 tackles, the defensive end picked up eight penalties this past season. This number includes a roughing the passer call in the Eagles' Wildcard Round game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With two more years on the team, Barnett has the opportunity to work alongside Reddick. The 27-year-old signed a three-year, $45 million contract with Philadelphia. The deal includes a $13,715,000 signing bonus, $30 million guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $15 million.