The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday night that they have acquired RB Kenjon Barner from the Panthers for a conditional seventh-round pick.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 20, 2014
Barner played for Eagles HC Chip Kelly while at Oregon, so there is obviously a connection here.
“Kenjon will hopefully bring some depth to both our running back and return positions,” Kelly said in a statement regarding the move. “He’s obviously a guy I know really well from Oregon, where he had a very productive career. He has a lot of speed, explosiveness and had a knack for making some really big plays. But our plan with him right now is get him in Philadelphia as soon as we can and plug him in at running back and returner and let him compete.”
There was some speculation that Barner may have a hard time making the team due to the Panthers running back depth.
This could be an indication that Chris Polk could be cut in the coming weeks as he has been limited with injuries.
Barner, 25, was taken in the sixth round of the 2013 draft by the Panthers. He rushed for seven yards on six carries while catching two passes for seven yards, and contributing 17 yards as a kick returner.