Antwan Barnes
Barnes in 2011.
No. 95     New York Jets
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-10-19) October 19, 1984 (age 36)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
College: Florida International
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 134
Debuted in 2007 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2013
Tackles     115
Sacks     25.5
Interceptions     1
Forced Fumbles     5
Stats at

Antwan Edward Barnes[1] (born October 19, 1984) is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida International.

Barnes has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.

College career

After graduating from Miami Norland High School, barnes played college football at Florida International University in Miami, Florida where he was a 2006 All-Sun Belt Conference selection and the school's all-time sacks leader with 22. On April 29, 2007, he became the first player in FIU history to be drafted by a National Football League team when he was selected in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens.

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Barnes was a promising rookie in 2007, notching 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 10 solo tackles. During a 2007 preseason game, Barnes delivered a blind side hit on Philadelphia Eagles punter Saverio Rocca, knocking off his helmet. Even though officials did not penalize Barnes during the game, the league fined him $12,500 for the hit.[2] In 2008, on a roster deep with LBs, he made a name for himself as a stand out special teams player, also making his first post-season appearance. In 2009, Barnes started the year with his first career interception (against the San Diego Chargers, his future team), but then saw no action for several games. The team finally started using him late in the season, after the defense suffering an overall lack of pass rush, and he came in and notched 3 sacks and 10 solo tackles, as well as a force fumble.

Philadelphia Eagles

Barnes was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2011 seventh-round draft pick on September 4, 2010.[3] He was released on October 9, after being sparsely used and posting only three tackles.

San Diego Chargers

Barnes was signed by the San Diego Chargers on October 12, 2010. He made an immediate impact, notching 2 sacks on Tom Brady in a game against the New England Patriots. As a backup pass-rush specialist, he ended the season in San Diego with 4.5 sacks and 15 tackles. On July 27, 2011, the Chargers re-signed Barnes to a two-year contract.

In the 2011 season, he established himself as one of the top pass rushers on the Chargers team, starting 5 games, and notching 41 tackles, 11 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. His best career game came against his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, on a prime-time December 18th game in San Diego, where he garnered 4 sacks against QB Joe Flacco, along with 6 total tackles.

New York Jets

Barnes signed a three-year contract with the New York Jets on March 18, 2013.[4] Barnes was placed on injured reserve on October 9, 2013 after suffering a season-ending knee injury.[5]


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