Derek Barnett’s contract details have been revealed

NFL: SEP 27 Bengals at Eagles
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 27: Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (96) looks on during the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 27, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles made a slightly surprising move last week in bringing back former first-round pick Derek Barnett. After an option year that cost the team $9M ended in 2.5 sacks and a bucket of disappointment, many were keen to see what kind of money the Eagles would pay him. Now we know.

On the surface, $13M guaranteed is a lot of money, but Howie has done a Howie in somehow adding voidable years to a two-year contract. His cap hit across both seasons won’t actually be much at all. In fact, his cap hit in 2022 doesn’t even place him inside the top-100 EDGE rushers…which is very fair. The guaranteed money still exists, but it’s laden across the voidable years. There would be some dead-cap money if the Eagles were to cut or trade the Tennessee product, but realistically this is a very manageable contract and a way of once again, finessing the cap.

The Eagles have been able to retain Barnett on a huge discount and he is still a young pass-rusher with a lot of athletic upside. Unfortunately, that often comes at the expense of idiotic penalties and more spins than a beyblade arena.

Since being drafted, Barnett has 21.5 sacks and 28 penalties. It’s not great. But hey, Nick Sirianni did say earlier today that he has a high Football IQ!

Here’s to hoping that he can find somewhat of a career resurgence in 2022.

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

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