Will Brinson of CBS Sports reports that the Carolina Panthers have traded running back Kenjon Barner to the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional 7th round draft pick.
Why the trade works for the Carolina Panthers
The Panthers already have a log jam for running backs behind the ‘Four Horsemen,’ that is quarterback Cam Newton, running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, and fullback Mike Tolbert. There aren’t that many spaces left behind those guys and Kenjon Barner was given ample opportunity to nail down that spot. Barner was a non-factor in two preseason games while running back Fozzy Whittaker had a real productive game against the Chiefs with 71 yds and a touchdown on 11 carries.
The Panthers were likely going to cut Barner, but this way they get something for him.
Why the trade works for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kenjon Barner
Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly runs a different brand of offense all his own, and he is looking for players who know his system. Barner played for Kelly at Oregon, and therefore can be brought up to speed quickly. Kelly knows how he used Barner at Oregon, and he can find some way to use him in Philadelphia if he needs to. Kelly did suggest that Barner would also help the return game. If Barner was going to help with the return game, I think the Panthers would have kept him.
NFL rosters must be down to 75 members by August 26, and then they must be down to their final 53 man roster sizes on August 30 at 4:00 PM.
The Carolina Panthers travel to Gilette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots on August 22. They finish their preseason schedule with a visit to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on August 28. Both games are 7:30 kicks with local television coverage.
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