[UPDATE - 5:00 PM ET] - The Eagles have actually TRADED Allen Barbre. They didn’t release him. Original story below.
The Philadelphia Eagles released Allen Barbre on Wednesday afternoon, according to an official announcement from the team.
“Allen Barbre is a pro’s pro,” said Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman. "Not only did he help the team with his solid play as a starter at left guard, but his ability to step up and play multiple positions helped us battle through some difficult situations. We had a conversation yesterday and agreed it made sense to allow him to pursue some other opportunities, but the door is open for him to return here as well."
This move comes as a bit of a surprise. The 33-year-old Barbre started 12 games for the Eagles last season and generally played well at left guard. It was reported earlier this offseason that the team was going to keep him despite the fact they reportedly gave him permission to seek a trade.
Barbre’s departure comes hours after offensive coordinator Frank Reich declared Isaac Seumalo as the Eagles’ starting left guard. It was previously thought there would be a competition at that position. Seumalo and Barbre split first team reps during spring practices.
By releasing Barbre, the Eagles save $2.1 million in cap space. They also weaken their offensive line depth because Barbre has value as a backup or spot starter at every position except center.
The Eagles still have an experienced interior backup in Stefen Wisniewski. Philadelphia gave him a three-year deal this offseason. Former No. 10 overall pick Chance Warmack also signed in Philadelphia in order to be reunited with his college offensive line at Alabama: Jeff Stoutland.
The Eagles now have 89 players signed to their 90-man roster. It remains to be seen what the team does with the vacant spot.