Barner or Branden Oliver (Achilles) could be in line for more touches as a complementary running back to starter Melvin Gordon, Jack Wang of the Orange County Register reports.
After losing Danny Woodhead in free agency over the offseason, the Chargers opted not to draft a running back in the 2017 NFL Draft, opening up an opportunity for Barner to jump in as the team's change-of-pace back. While Gordon filled in admirably as a third-down back in 2016, the team has been vocal about reducing his workload in an effort to keep him healthy for an entire season, meaning Barner, Oliver or even Kenneth Farrow could see more snaps in 2017. While neither of the trio is expected to see a significant enough boost to earn fantasy relevance out of the gate, the competition for the backup job will be an interesting one to note, given Gordon has missed five games in the last two years due to injury.
Barner may primarily be used on special teams, 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.
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.
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 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.
|P3||8/26/17||@ LAR||8:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ SF||10:00 pm|
|1||9/11/17||@ DEN||10:20 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ KC||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|