The Eagles have signed veteran offensive lineman Allen Barbre to a three-year extension, the team announced. The move will keep him under contract through 2017.
Barbre (6-4, 310) was the Eagles’ top backup last year and performed well in spot duty (86 snaps). Should the Eagles suffer an injury at guard or tackle in 2014, he figures to be the first man in.
“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,” said Chip Kelly in a statement. “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 turns 30 in June and has been in the league since 2007.
The Eagles extended Jason Kelce and Jason Peters during the offseason. And Lane Johnson figures to be with the team for a long time.
Todd Herremans turns 32 in October and carries a $5.2 million cap hit in 2015. Evan Mathis has been rock-solid for three straight years, but he turns 33 in November. Mathis wanted a new deal this offseason, but has shown up to every practice this spring and drew praise from Kelly last week.
For now, Barbre figures to be the team’s top backup, but chances are the Eagles are going to count on him to step in at some point in the near future.