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Panthers trade RB Kenjon Barner to Eagles

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The Eagles have added a tailback who shouldn’t need much time to pick up Chip Kelly’s offense.

The club announced Tuesday night it had acquired Panthers running back Kenjon Barner for a conditional 2015 seventh-round pick.

The 25-year-old Barner played collegiately at Oregon under Kelly, rushing for 3,623 yards and 41 touchdowns. A 2013 sixth-round pick of the Panthers, Barner appeared in eight games as a rookie, rushing six times for seven yards, catching two passes for seven yards and returning two kickoffs for 17 yards.

“Kenjon will hopefully bring some depth to both our running back and return positions,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said in a team-issued statement Tuesday night. “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.”

Barner’s addition gives the Eagles seven tailbacks. He’ll vie for a reserve role in the Philadelphia backfield. Darren Sproles, Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker, Henry Josey and David Fluellen are the other options behind starter LeSean McCoy. Polk is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Eagles rookie Josh Huff, who’s listed as the club’s second-team kickoff returner, will miss the Eagles’ third preseason game with a shoulder injury, which could lead to Barner getting some special teams work in his Philadelphia debut.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are left with just four tailbacks: DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves. However, fullback Mike Tolbert will also see some carries.

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34 Responses to “Panthers trade RB Kenjon Barner to Eagles”
  1. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 19, 2014 10:12 PM

    so this means shady is soft and sproles isold lol 54 YEARS AND COUNTING #1960

  2. dgreenfi says: Aug 19, 2014 10:12 PM

    Hmmmm… what is Chip Kelly not telling us.

  3. ctiggs says: Aug 19, 2014 10:16 PM

    aww he is back with chip kelly

  4. diehardpanther says: Aug 19, 2014 10:19 PM

    Dave Gettleman is genius…….pure genius! Barner’s days in Carolina were numbered.

  5. morr24 says: Aug 19, 2014 10:19 PM

    It appears as though Fozzy Whitaker just made the 53 man roster. Great story!

  6. jchipwood says: Aug 19, 2014 10:22 PM

    If he was traded to the patriots you would hear how great of a trade it was and how they were going to win the super bowl for the frist time without cheating

  7. blacknole08 says: Aug 19, 2014 10:36 PM

    ?? Why did we get rid of Barner??

    I’m confused.

  8. eaglomaniac says: Aug 19, 2014 10:44 PM

    Polk better get his rear end in gear and get healthy before he ends up cut like Jason Phillips. I really like how much the Eagles acquire quality depth.
    You don’t have to look past Dallas to know how important quality depth can be.
    McCoy, Sproles, Polk, Barner, Tucker, Josey and Fluellen?!?!?!?
    Wow, talk about running back depth.
    Shady and Sproles locked up 1 and 2 but the battle for the #3 RB is going to be great.
    Go Eagles !!!!

  9. thisguy124 says: Aug 19, 2014 10:54 PM

    The Panthers got something for nothing! Say what you will about a 7th round pick but this guy was on his way out.

  10. phluffyclouds says: Aug 19, 2014 10:57 PM

    Why not give the kid a real chance before shipping him off for a 7th rounder?

  11. pantherfan40 says: Aug 19, 2014 10:59 PM

    Great move , we were cutting him anyway why not get a trade for it? No offense to barner I wish him well and I think he fits better in the eagles offense then our offense and im loving the fact that wittaker and or reeves will make this roster!!

  12. corkspop says: Aug 19, 2014 11:02 PM

    Good trade by the Panthers. Fozzy Whittaker was outplaying Barner. And hopefully, Tolbert will see more than “some” carries.

  13. shaunodame says: Aug 19, 2014 11:28 PM

    Very underrated move. Absolutely best case scenario for Barners career prospects. I think he’ll he the.4th RB the Eagles end up keeping behind McCoy, Polk, and Sproles but.he’ll have his work cut out for him trying to beat out Josey.

  14. feelnsavage says: Aug 19, 2014 11:29 PM

    Congratulations to my Panthers… Barner is officially a wasted pick… Kinda glad… But I’ll expect him to be a lil more productive with his college coach… Especially in that fast pace offense where he probably be able to catch some teams by surprise… Lol that is if he is able to make the roster…

  15. sumkat says: Aug 19, 2014 11:31 PM

    Obviously, McCoy, Sproles, and Polk are locks for the roster. The rest will be left to fight it out over 1-2 roster spots, depending on if any of them bring something extra to the special teams unit

  16. motsuret06 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:40 PM

    Good luck with the Eagles Kenjon Barner.

  17. u4iadman says: Aug 20, 2014 12:28 AM

    This should be interesting, and I am not eve an Eagles fan.

  18. dallasdominates says: Aug 20, 2014 12:36 AM

    Why would allow the rich to get richer.. especially a potential playoff opponent. . Especially since Carolina ‘ s offense isn’t oozing with talent … 😩😩

  19. omniscient48 says: Aug 20, 2014 12:40 AM

    Not sure why the Panthers did this. Barner was looking pretty good.

  20. rjkilla says: Aug 20, 2014 1:34 AM

    fozzy stole barners spot and made him expendable

  21. jackn2482 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:13 AM

    See ya Polk

  22. greymares says: Aug 20, 2014 6:56 AM

    Now I understand the holdup on the Eagle jerseys, they’re having the Eagle replaced with a Duck. See Washington it’s not that hard.

  23. chuckbergeydawk says: Aug 20, 2014 6:58 AM

    Speed kills.

  24. thetroofishere says: Aug 20, 2014 7:05 AM

    They traded the wrong running backs.

    See both Stewart and Williams

  25. stygiansteel says: Aug 20, 2014 7:05 AM

    Why not? I’m OK with such a low risk trade for depth. If he brings something to the return game, even better.

  26. eagleswin says: Aug 20, 2014 7:06 AM

    We all know that Sproles is the backup to McCoy. All this means is that it’s a 5 way battle for third stringer duties.

  27. wydok says: Aug 20, 2014 7:55 AM

    I don’t get it. I doubt this kid makes the team.

  28. wrlegrand says: Aug 20, 2014 8:08 AM

    I just wish they could have known that Fozzy was actually going to be a decent reserve, especially with the heart and drive he has played with. Then they probably could have swung this deal and kept Tyler Gaffney for next season.

    I guess the only potential hiccup could have been that Philly did not have all of the injuries they have now….

  29. alcore1 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:45 AM

    Good luck in Philly KB!

  30. eaglesfanalways says: Aug 20, 2014 8:53 AM

    He’s just a camp body to get through the preseason…big deal.

  31. ncphinsfan says: Aug 20, 2014 9:39 AM

    The Panthers did not need him anyway. With a healthy Stewart and an emerging Fozzy (I just love the name) they will be fine. I guess Chip does not have much confidence in his depth or because of the new expanded Practice Squad, he can stow away more talent for future development.

  32. unclemoobaa1911 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:19 AM

    The kid can play RB, WR and return kicks or punts. Also word on the street is he makes an excellent smoothie!

  33. hugothehornet says: Aug 20, 2014 4:37 PM

    phluffyclouds says:
    Aug 19, 2014 10:57 PM
    Why not give the kid a real chance before shipping him off for a 7th rounder?

    ———————–

    The kid had a chance. He’s awful in pass protection, and couldn’t gain yardage to get going anywhere when he touched the ball. He doesn’t fit Carolina’s ground and pound style, he’s a quick/make ppl miss kinda guy. Not taking anything away from him, but he will do better in a different system like Chip’s

  34. pancaketaco says: Aug 20, 2014 10:10 PM

    Chris Jericho likes Fozzy

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