The Philadelphia Eagles have pulled off a trade, acquiring former Oregon running back and returner Kenjon Barner from the Carolina Panthers for a conditional 2015 seventh-round draft pick.
Barner played for Eagles coach Chip Kelly at Oregon.
“Kenjon will hopefully bring some depth to both our running back and return positions,” Kelly said. “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 was drafted by Carolina in the sixth round.
At Oregon, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back and returner ranked second in school history in rushing yards with 3,623 and tied for second with 41 rushing touchdowns on 582 attempts. He averaged 22.5 yards and scored one touchdown on kickoff returns, while averaging 10.1 yards with one touchdown on punt returns in college. As a senior, , Barner earned first-team All-America honors by rushing for 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Barner played in eight regular season games and one playoff contest as a rookie with the Panthers in 2013.
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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he’s a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.