With Jaelan Phillips lost for the season, the Dolphins are eyeing some depth on the edge. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have some interest in recently-cut pass rusher Derek Barnett.
The former first-round pick was cut loose by the Eagles on Saturday, ending his seven-year stretch with the organization.
Barnett’s contract contains less than $500K in remaining base salary, so the Dolphins could simply place a waiver claim and hope it works out. On the flip side, since Miami is towards the end of the waiver order, they could just take their chances via free agency.
While Barnett never lived up to his first-round billing, he was still a productive member of Philadelphia’s defense for the first five seasons of his career, collecting 21.5 sacks in 64 games (45 starts).
After inking a two-year extension with the Eagles prior to the 2022 campaign, the veteran tore his ACL during the subsequent season opener.
He returned in time for the start of the 2023 season but had a tough time carving out playing time on a deep defensive line. Barnett was limited to 99 defensive snaps in eight games this season, with the 27-year-old collecting three tackles.
The Dolphins are fortunate to have some depth on the edge, with Andrew Van Ginkel and Emmanuel Ogbah expected to see an increase in snaps opposite Bradley Chubb.
Barnett would likely slide in below that trio on the depth chart while replacing Cameron Goode as the current fourth option. Barnett also has some experience with Vic Fangio and Miami’s defense; the two crossed paths last season in Philadelphia.