Eagles extend lineman Barbre's contract

Eagles tackle Allen Barbre (76) and center Jason Kelce (62). (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Eagles tackle Allen Barbre (76) and center Jason Kelce (62). (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Posted: June 05, 2014

Allen Barbre agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Eagles that will keep the reserve offensive lineman signed through 2017.

Barbre, who will turn 30 this month, was entering the final year of his two-year, $1.5 million contract. Terms of the extension were not available

Although he is not a starter, Barbre emerged last season as the team's top reserve offensive lineman. He took 86 snaps, including 51 in place of Jason Peters in the Nov. 10 win over the Green Bay Packers. Barbre backs up the tackles and the guards.

"Allen has great versatility, and his ability to play both outside and inside on the offensive line makes him so valuable to what we do," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "He's been in this league for a number of years, and we know we can count on him to step up and fill in whenever he is called upon. When Jason Peters went down in Green Bay last season, Allen jumped right in, and our offense didn't miss a beat."

Barbre played 47 games and started seven times during his six-year NFL career with the Packers, Dolphins, Seahawks, and Eagles.

The Eagles' entire offensive line started all 16 games last season for the first time since 2006. Barbre is the primary backup at four spots, so he could fill in as a starter this season if one goes down. Each starter is signed through at least 2016.


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