The Eagles are down a pass rusher after Nick Sirianni confirmed that Derek Barnett suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Lions.
Barnett, the Eagles’ 2017 first-round pick is out for the season after re-signing with the team on a two-year deal this offseason.
“Derek will be out and he tore his ACL, and obviously that’s a big blow for us,” Nick Sirianni said Monday. “I love the way Derek Barnett comes to work every single day and plays with grittiness and toughness and (plays) nasty. “I am a huge Derek Barnett fan and he’ll be missed, so that sucks. I hate that for him, I hate that for this team. I can’t tell you how much I think of Derek.”
Barnett exited the game midway through the third quarter and he’s among the top edge rushers in the league when it comes to applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks.
Philadelphia has Tarron Jackson on the roster and could elevate from within, but we’re provided seven free agent options as well.
A familiar name in Philadelphia, Pierre-Paul is a three-time Pro Bowler who had 2.5 sacks in 12 games with the Bucs last season.
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Most recently with the Browns, McKinley has 20 career sacks and can be injury prone.
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A fifth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, McPhee spent the first four years of his career in Baltimore.
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Ford has the pedigree and prior production.
Ford can play multiple positions and has 40 sacks in 85 games.
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Attaochu is an eight-year veteran who can play inside and outside and has spent time with the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, and Chicago Bears.
He has appeared in 79 games (23 starts) during his career and spent the 2021 campaign with the Bears.
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If he doesn’t take the Nebraska coaching job, Suh can slide down to the defensive end and is definitely stout against the run.
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Okafor played in every regular season game for the Chiefs in 2021, and last season, he played in 41 percent of all defensive snaps.
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