Feast or Famine, Derek Barnett Will Always Be Known for One Big Play.

Hardly anyone had given the Eagles a chance to win Super Bowl LII against the perfection of the New England Patriots back in 2018. All game, Nick Foles and the Eagles offense has been operating with proficiency against the Patriots defense, delivering just enough strikes to stay one step ahead of New England.

Through 3 quarters, Foles threw precision passes and carved up the Patriots secondary.

With 2:16 left in the game, the Eagles have fought to gain a 38–33 lead. But the 4th quarter is Brady time. The Eagles need a stop, or even better a turnover.

New England has a 2nd down and 2 from their own 33-yard line. 

As Brady pumps to throw, Brandon Graham gets a hand on the football and with it bouncing loose on the turf, Derek Barnett scoops it up in celebration.

The Patriots never scored again.

Whether your NFL team wins or loses the Super Bowl, whether the post-game locker room is drenched with champagne or is completely somber, you can be sure that players are getting paid and almost certainly by other NFL teams looking to also hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Photo Courtesy of Eagles Nation on X.

On Friday afternoon, another chip fell from the 2018 Eagles Super Bowl Team when they cut ties with Barnett. He was released amid speculation that the Eagles may be interested in acquiring former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard.

Having just celebrated the five-year anniversary and with Barnett’s departure, only five Eagles remain being Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Jake Elliott, Jason Kelce, and Lane Johnson who are the last players on a 2018 team that out-dueled the dynasty New England Patriots and brought a parade down Broad Street as far as the eye could see…

And for Derek Barnett? The former star from the University of Tennessee, drafted 14th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft utilizing a pick that the Eagles received back when they traded Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings.

A moment, when the Eagles felt like they had their franchise quarterback for the next decade in Carson Wentz….

We’ll always have Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, Derek.

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