The Philadelphia Eagles have given veteran offensive lineman Allen Barbre permission to seek a trade, according to a report from NFL insider Jason Cole.
Earlier this offseason, PhillyVoice reported Barbre wasn’t a lock to return in 2017. Barbre had a solid year as a starter for the Eagles in 2016 but he turns 33 this June and Philadelphia could be looking to get younger up front. Not to mention the fact trading/cutting Barbre would save the Eagles $2.1 million in cap space.
Given his age, it’s hard to imagine Barbre will have a robust trade market. The Eagles might just opt to cut him if they can’t find a suitor.
Barbre isn’t a great player by any means but he’s a decent offensive lineman to have around. He’s a capable starter and he has the versatility to play every position except center. In an ideal situation, Barbre would be a good sixth offensive lineman to have behind a team’s five starters.
If the Eagles don’t keep Barbre, that opens up a starting spot at left guard. Perhaps the Eagles will want to have 2016 third-round pick Isaac Seumalo replace him. But maybe not, since there’s also been talk the Eagles could be looking to move on from starting center Jason Kelce. If Kelce goes, Seumalo could be slotted to take over for him instead. And that would leave the Eagles with an immediate need at guard.
The Eagles have started Barbre 29 times in 46 games played since he joined Philadelphia in 2013.
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