Barner Bolts to Chargers
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) – Former Eagles running back Kenjon Barner is joining Connor Barwin out in Los Angeles but the two won’t be teammates again.
While Barwin worked out a deal with the Rams, Barner is making the move to the Chargers, who are relocating to the city after 56 years in San Diego.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2017
Barner was set to be a restricted free agent but the Eagles failed to tender him, allowing the Oregon product to sign with anyone without Philadelphia getting the right to match the offer.
He appeared in a career-high 13 games last season, carrying the ball 27 times for 129 yards with two touchdowns. Barner added five receptions for 42 yards and also returned nine kickoffs for 277 yards.
The Eagles originally acquired Barner in a trade with the Carolina Panthers during the 2014 offseason. In two seasons with the team, Barner carried it 55 times for 253 yards and the two rushing touchdowns.
Currently, the only running backs under contract for the Eagles are veterans Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews, as well as second-year players Wendell Smallwood, Byron Marshall and Terrell Watson. Mathews, however, is expected to be released after he is able to pass a physical stemming from a season-ending neck injury.
In Los Angeles, Barner is expected to join a group battling for playing time behind Pro Bowl-selection Melvin Gordon.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen