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Former Eagles running back is joining the Patriots

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Crossing enemy lines.

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Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner is expected to sign with the New England Patriots, according to a report from ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Reiss also notes that Barner recently worked out for the Pats.

The 28-year-old Barner was released during the Panthers’ final roster cuts earlier this month. Barner signed with Carolina back in May after the Eagles showed no interest in re-signing him.

The Eagles first re-signed Barner, who they originally traded for back in 2014, to their roster late last September after Darren Sproles suffered season ending injuries. Barner ended up being Philadelphia’s primary kick and punt returner, as well as a reserve running back, for most of the 2017 season. He remained with the team through their Super Bowl win.

Although it’s great to see Barner get another job opportunity, it’s a bummer to see he’s joining the Pats. It’s also a bummer to know he won’t be available if the Eagles need some veteran help at returner/running back if injuries prove to be a problem like they did last year.

Barner joins a Patriots backfield that also features James White, Rex Burkhead, and first-round pick Sony Michel.

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In other former Eagles news, Steven Means and Corey Nelson both signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday.