Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014, the 25-year-old outside linebacker averaged 41 tackles and 3.7 sacks per season without missing a game the past three years. He's good enough to warrant a multi-year deal with significant guarantees, but it's unlikely any team would surrender a second-round pick for the right to give him that contract. Barrett thus figures to be back in Denver for at least one more season, though he may have to share snaps with 2015 first-round pick Shane Ray (wrist).
With Shane Ray requiring his third surgery on his left wrist in less than four months and landing on injured reserve for the second time this season, Barrett is first in line to fill the edge-rushing void. Prior to Ray's return from his first IR stint in Week 8, Barrett had thrived in a starting role, accruing 19 tackles (15 sacks) and three sacks in seven contests. He'll draw a favorable matchup right away Sunday against a banged-up Redskins offensive line that could be missing star left tackle Trent Williams (knee).
Barrett finished Sunday's loss to the Raiders with one sack to go along with two solo tackles.
Barrett's season sack total is now up to four. It was his first time taking down the quarterback since Week 8. The 25-year-old was used sparingly in the contest, as he logged just 29 snaps (43.0 percent).
Barrett tallied his second sack of the season in Sunday night's defeat at the hands of the Giants.
The sack was Barrett's first since Week 1. The 24-year-old, who was on the field for 52 defensive snaps (96.0 percent), also had four tackles (three solo).
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