Barner was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Eagles opted not to tender him, thus making him available to sign with any team. It would have been easy for the Eagles to put a minimum tender on Barner if they wanted to keep him around, but clearly Philadelphia didn’t have any interest in doing that.
The Eagles acquired Barner in a trade with the Carolina Panthers during the 2014 offseason. In two seasons with Philadelphia, Barner had 55 carries for 253 yards (4.6 average) and two rushing touchdowns. He was a solid low-usage rotational back but not much more.
With Barner gone, running backs on the Eagles’ roster currently include: Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Byron Marshall, and Terrell Watson. Mathews is expected to be released when he’s healthy enough to pass a physical. The Eagles are heavily expected to select a running back at some point in the 2017 NFL Draft.