The Philadelphia Eagles parted ways with defensive end Derek Barnett last week, and because the trade deadline has passed, the 27-year-old was subject to waivers. On Monday, the Houston Texans claimed the former first-round pick, per ESPN. The Texans reportedly considered trading for Barnett at the trade deadline. Now, they give him a fresh start.
In August, Barnett and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, wereto gauge the market for a potential trade. The Eagles wanted to keep Barnett on the roster, but also understood their rotation at the position was loaded. A trade never came to fruition.
Barnett was ruled out for the Eagles' Week 11 Super Bowl rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs due to . In eight games this season, the former No. 14 overall pick has recorded just three combined tackles. He never played more than 24% of Philly's defensive snaps in any contest this season.
ESPN reported that Barnett would draw interest once available, and sure enough, he didn't get past waivers. In 73 NFL games played, Barnett has recorded 150 combined tackles, 21.5 sacks, 37 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles to go along with three fumble recoveries. The former first-team All-SEC player was viewed as one of the most ferocious pass-rushers in the country during his time at the University of Tennessee, setting a new program record with 33 sacks -- passing Hall of Famer Reggie White.