Barner may primarily be used on special teams, Jack Wang of The Orange County Register reports. Melvin Gordon proved more than capable of filling a three-down role last season, and the Chargers also return Kenneth Farrow and Branden Oliver (Achilles) to their backfield. If everyone is healthy, Barner will probably be No. 4 in the pecking order, which could put him on the roster bubble. He's signed to a modest one-year contract and may need to contribute as a kick returner if he's going to stay around in San Diego.
The Chargers and Barner (hamstring) agreed to terms of a contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Seeking some stability behind Melvin Gordon (knee) following the departure of Danny Woodhead (knee), the Chargers have added Barner to a backfield that includes holdover Kenneth Farrow (shoulder). Barner is less experienced in a lead role than Farrow, who earned two starts down the stretch last season when Gordon was lost for the season with a sprained PCL and hip strain. At the very least, though, Barner's kick-return chops will be valuable after averaging 30.8 yards on his nine attempts with the Eagles during the 2016 campaign.
The Eagles are not expected to place a restricted free agent tender on Barner (hamstring), who will thus become an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, CSN Philadelphia reports. With Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Ryan Mathews (for now) already on the roster, Philadelphia decided not to place a one-year, $1.8 million original-round RFA tender on Barner, a 27-year-old scat back who can contribute in the return game. The Eagles might still consider retaining Barnes at a lower price, but he'll at least have a shot to test the waters of unrestricted free agency.
Barner (hamstring) will be a restricted free agent, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. A 2013 sixth-round draft pick, Barner has displayed occasional usefulness as a change-of-pace runner and return man. He won't garner a first-round or second-round RFA tender, but the Eagles might use an original-round tender, which would require another team to surrender a sixth-round selection if it signs Barner. The Eagles would also have the right to match any contract. Should he stick around in Philadelphia, the 27-year-old scat back could compete for touches in a committee.
Barner (hamstring) was placed on IR on Tuesday. Barner injured his hamstring in Sunday's game against Baltimore and was initially ruled out for just Week 16. With the Eagles eliminated from playoff contention and Barner unlikely to recover in just two weeks, the move is likely simply to open up a roster spot and not due to the severity of the injury. It isn't expected that Barner's injury will linger into the offseason or prevent him from being a full participant in offseason activities. Bryon Marshall will take over as Philadelphia's No. 3 option at running back with Barner out.
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