The Eagles made a pair of roster moves on Tuesday. First, the team exercised the fifth-year option on defensive end Derek Barnett's rookie contract, extending his deal through the 2021 season. Second, the Eagles claimed tackle Casey Tucker off waivers from the Detroit Lions.
Barnett was the team's first-round draft pick in 2017, No. 14 overall, out of Tennessee. In his first three seasons, Barnett has 84 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 79 QB pressures and hits, and 14 sacks in 35 games (20 starts). In 2019, Barnett was second on the team in both tackles for loss (11) and sacks (6.5). Both those total represented career highs.
2020 marks Barnett's third season as a full-time starter after playing as a key reserve as a rookie. The biggest play of Barnett's career was his recovery of quarterback Tom Brady's fumble in Super Bowl LII that led to the game's final points.
In addition to the production, Barnett has been lauded for his toughness.
"I think he's always been a guy that will lay it all on the line," Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz said last season. "He's not the biggest guy in the world, not the fastest guy in the world, but he is one of the toughest guys in the world, and just brings such a presence when he's on the field."
If Tucker's name sounds familiar, it's because he originally joined the Eagles at this time a year ago as an undrafted free agent following a tryout during the Rookie Camp. He was waived/injured during Training Camp. He spent time on the Lions' practice squad before being released following the NFL Draft. The 6-6, 315-pound Tucker started his college career at Stanford before transferring to Arizona State.