Tennessee Career Sack Leader Signs NFL Extension

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    Tennessee football’s all-time sack leader Derek Barnett resigned a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Thursday.

    The Eagles are bringing back the sixth-year defensive end on a two year deal. The details of the contract have not been announced.

    Barnett played in 16 games last season recording two sacks, seven tackles for losses and 46 total tackles.

    The two sacks were a career low for the middle Tennessee native, but the 46 tackles eclipsed his previously career high by 12 tackles.

    In his five professional seasons, Barnett’s recorded 147 tackles, 76 quarterback hits, 36 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries — including to seal Super Bowl LII.

    The former Brentwood Academy standout shined at Tennessee recording 198 tackles and 52 tackles for loss in three years while earning Second Team All-SEC honors as a sophomore and First Team All-SEC and All-American honors as a junior.

    Barnett also surpassed all-time Tennessee and NFL great for most sacks in program history. The Nashville native earned his 32nd and final career sack in his hometown during the 2016 Music City Bowl.

    The Eagles selected Barnett with the 14th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Barnett is one of three former Vol defensive lineman currently in the NFL along with Malik Jackson and Shy Tuttle.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.