Eagles sign OL Allen Barbre to three-year contract extension
Allen Barbre agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Eagles that will keep the reserve offensive lineman in Philadelphia through 2017. Barbre, who will turn 30 later this month and was signed as a free agent in 2013, was entering the final year of his contract.
Although he is not a starter, Barbre emerged as the team's top reserve offensive lineman last season. He took 86 snaps in 2013, including 51 in place of Jason Peters in the November win over the Green Bay Packers.
“Allen has great versatility and his ability to play both outside and inside on the offensive line makes him so valuable to what we do,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said in a statement. “He’s been in this league for a number of years and we know we can count on him to step up and fill in whenever he is called upon. When Jason Peters went down in Green Bay last season, Allen jumped right in and our offense didn’t miss a beat.”
Barbre has spent six years in the NFL. He has played 47 games and started seven times. He played for the Packers, Dolphins, and Seattle before arriving in Philadelphia.
The Eagles had all five offensive linemen start each game last season, a big reason for the success of the offense. Each starter is signed through at least 2016. Barbre would be a prime candidate to become a starter if the Eagles make a change before 2016.