The Texans rank 17th in the waiver wire order (which mirrors the current 2024 NFL Draft order), so, 16 teams passed on claiming him.
In Houston, Barnett is reunited with former Eagles defensive line coach Matt Burke, who serves as DeMeco Ryans’ defensive coordinator. Barnett and Burke overlapped in Philly during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Former Eagles assistants Cory Undlin and Dino Vasso are also on the Texans’ coaching staff.
Barnett is getting a much-needed fresh start in a new NFL home. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes for the No. 14 overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft. Or it might not be if he’s just exactly who he was for the Eagles at the end of his Philly tenure.
Barnett will have a chance to play in six games with the Texans (or more if they make the playoffs) before becoming a free agent available to sign with any team this offseason.