Eagles head coach Chip Kelly added another of his former Oregon Ducks to the team with RB Kenjon Barner.
The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired RB Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
The Eagles have been trying to find a suitable 3rd string RB behind All-Pro LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. Current No. 3 RB Chris Polk has been battling a hamstring injury, leaving the inexperienced Matthew Tucker as the 3rd option.
Barner played in 8 games for the Panthers as a rookie in 2013, but added little value to the team behind the RB tandem of DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whitaker. Barner had a total of 14 yards from scrimmage last year.
The Eagles connection to Barner comes from head coach Chip Kelly’s former tenure as head coach at Oregon. In 2012 – Kelly’s last year with the team – Barner was the team’s leading rusher, rushing for 1,767 yards and 21 TDs. In four years under Kelly, Barner scored over 40 times and had a 6.2 yard/carry average on 582 career carries.
Barner becomes the 9th former Oregon Duck who played under Kelly to join him in Philadelphia. The team drafted Oregon WR Josh Huff to team with 2nd-year former Duck Jeff Maehl. DE Taylor Hart was drafted to pair with former teammate Brandon Bair.