Eagles keep offensive line intact with Allen Barbre deal

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The Eagles already had their starting offensive line locked up under contract through the 2016 season, now they’re working on the reserves.

After big extensions for Jason Kelce and Jason Peters already this offseason, the team announced it had signed backup Allen Barbre to a three-year deal which will carry him through the 2017 season.

“Allen has great versatility and his ability to play both outside and inside on the offensive line makes him so valuable to what we do,” coach Chip Kelly said in a statement. “He’s been in this league for a number of years and we know we can count on him to step up and fill in whenever he is called upon. When Jason Peters went down in Green Bay last season, Allen jumped right in and our offense didn’t miss a beat.”

The top backup at guard and tackle, Barbre lends some stability, and could potentially replace right guard Todd Herremans down the road, when his contract begins to weigh more heavily.

That kind of stability is nearly unheard of, but it’s also the benefit of having a young and price-controlled quarterback in Nick Foles.