3 Eagles on Thin Ice at Midway Point of the Season

Three Philadelphia Eagles players on thin ice at the midway point of the 2023 season.

Oct 1, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry (24)
Oct 1, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry (24) / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Derek Barnett

Veteran EDGE Derek Barnett entered the 2023 season as shaky footing once again. Declining production, coupled with a youth movement on the defensive line, made the former Super Bowl champion a possible trade candidate.

The deadline came and went without a deal, though, signaling Philadelphia may continue to use Barnett down the stretch. However, it turns out that might not be the case.

Week 9 saw Barnett made a surprise inactive despite carrying no injury designation, marking the first time all season he's been benched. Considering Barnett number's (3 total tackles in eight games) and the fact rookie Nolan Smith is waiting in the wings for more playing time, this move didn't come as a major shock.

This does put Barnett in a precarious position down the stretch. He'll want to prove to opposing teams that he still has some left in the tank in order to land a deal somewhere else this offseason, but he can't do that if he's on the bench.

Nick Sirianni sidelining the vet shows he's not in the coaching staff's good graces. It'll be on him to prove he can still help, or he'll put his NFL future in jeopardy.

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