It turns out the Eagles didn’t cut Allen Barbre after all. They actually traded the veteran offensive lineman the Denver Broncos instead, according to an official announcement from the team. NFL insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the news.
In return for Barbre, the Eagles received a conditional pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. NFL insider Adam Schefter reports it's a conditional seventh-round pick. I’d guess the condition relates to whether Barbre makes the team and/or his playing time.
These situations where players are traded after being "released" are not totally uncommon in the NFL. The Broncos wanted to ensure Barbre didn’t sign with anyone else in free agency so they gave up something very small to ensure they’d get the 33-year-old blocker.
Getting something (or at least having the chance of getting something) for Barbre is certainly better than cutting him outright. But it also closes the door on a potential return to Philadelphia, which is something Howie Roseman previously said was possible.
And so the Eagles are moving forward without Barbre. Isaac Seumalo is the team’s new starting left guard.
Here's an updated look at the Eagles' future draft picks.
Eagles 2018 Draft Picks
4th - (from the Minnesota Vikings)
4th - (from the New England Patriots; can elevate to a 3rd)
Eagles 2019 Draft Picks
7th - (conditional pick from the Denver Broncos)