Few players other than LeSean McCoy are likely to be stars for the Philadelphia Eagles at running back for some time. While that is true, depth is always a good thing to have for any NFL team. That is why the trade the Eagles completed with the Carolina Panthers for RB Kenjon Barner was a safe and solid exchange. The Eagles only owe the Panthers a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
While the pick is conditional based upon whether Barner makes the 53-man roster, this trade is still a very good one. Actually, that makes the trade even safer. Sure, every pick in the NFL Draft means something, but that seems to be a very comparable pick for Barner.
Also of note here is the fact that Barner’s inaction in Carolina does not necessarily mean he will see little or no action for the Eagles. After all, he was last a running back success with the Oregon Ducks in college, where he averaged 6.2 YPC over the course of four seasons. You all probably know already that Chip Kelly was the head coach for the Ducks at the time.
That also does not guarantee he will magically be able to succeed, but at least this is a new start with a familiar coach and a team that knows how to run the football very well. Who knows, maybe this will be the surprise trade of the season for the Eagles? Stranger things have happened in the NFL.
In the end however, if they get nothing from Barner, they lose nothing in the process. It is a perfectly safe trade for Philadelphia.