Allen Barbre Signs 3-Year Extension

Eagles Tackle Allen Barbre on field pregame

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.

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  • JosephR2225

    It’s reassuring to know at least they liked what they saw from him in limited action last year. Makes me feel better about the OL depth.

    • Eagles1018

      Indeedy

  • Eagles1018

    I think it’s safe to assume with Herramans cap hit for 2015 if Barbre plays well he’s gonna slide in (pause) at the that spot

    • shady25

      Yeah and Tobin will be the first man up in 2015.

  • Philly0312

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he is the starter at RG this or next year.

  • JofreyRice

    Kelly really seems to value older veterans in a way that Reid didn’t. Not afraid of guys 30 and over, at all.

    • shady25

      I was thinking the same thing. Banner and Reid were pushing all of the vets out the door once you hit 30. Seems like those days are over with. Don’t be surprised if Cole and Ryans are still here for a few more years at reduced salaries or not.

    • myeaglescantwin

      True.

      i think that particularly as a back up OL, he (hopefully) won’t get full time burn on the field. Couple that with the fact that the organization kind of ignored the OL for the most part this offseason, it seems they are hedging their bets on the health of our starters.

      i think this is a smart move.

      Did we sign that Colledge OL too? i know he was in for a visit , don’t know if he was inked.

      • JofreyRice

        yeah, agreed. Very smart move. Versatile backup that played well when called upon. No beef at all with this move.

        Don’t think they bit on Colledge.

        • Clamdigger

          He was really solid against GB. The caveat being Clay Matthews playing with a club-hand. ;)

          • UKEagle99

            And still played better than his bro…

    • Token

      Yea, dont know what to think of it. Overall I think its not good if you go overboard. This is a young mans game. The decline after 30 isnt just made up for the majority of players. But I cant complain about some over 30 guys sprinkled in there.

      • anon

        Barbre not a starter, how much wear and tear do you get on the bench?

        • Corey Dawson

          This is a big apart of it, which is why I’m not worried too much about Mathis’s age either since he rode the bench the first few years of his career. O-lineman also tend to peek and decline later than other positions because their position relies so much on strength, which doesn’t peek until the early-mid 30s.

  • Adam

    Rewatch the Green Bay game last year. Barbre played lights out, don’t think he gave up a pressure all game. Very solid backup.

    • Sconces

      had a holding call and that was it

  • Dominik

    Great re-signing (if the money is the right, which I guess with Howie). Like Chip, I was blew away by his performance against Green Bay. That’s what you want from your back-up Linemen: versatility and ready to go when called upon.

    I always thought we’d only have a problem if two starters are hurt (or Kelce, since I don’t trust Vandervelde and Barbre can’t play Center, afaik) because I wouldn’t worry if Barbre has to go into a game. Of course I’d rather see Peters, Johnson and Mathis, but you can’t expect a back-up to be as good as your starters – if he is, he won’t be your back-up for long.

  • cliff henny

    nice signing. guy looked like a player, albeit in limited reps. kelce and Johnson are hopefully around for another decade. if Peters was shot, we’d have known last year. Mathis is still top of his game, might be 33, but guessing light workload early in career is helping him. hopefully Todd regains form, or Barbre is right there to step in. Sounds like Tobin is 7th guy, with Bamiro and vendervelde battling out 8th, both young, so should get another year to grow. fully expect #1 rushing offense again even with an injury or 2 (not shady!).

    • Tom W

      Wonder if this signing is also a hedge against poor performance by Todd, financial maneuver next offseason, or nuclear plan if Mathis was able to get a team to give us a second or third rounder for him …. Probably more so insurance for not taking the guard of the future in this past draft …. Wonder if Tobin or bamiro is your right tackle of the distant future

  • PhillySean

    Thank god the current head coach believes in running down hill. I was so sick of seeing Philadelphia Eagles put in the unenviable position of having to pass block all day long.

  • jmkrav

    At this point in Babres career, how different is he really than Mathis two years ago?

    We all love how Mathis has thrived with Stout/Chippa… We talk about how Mathis is an athlete, and hard worker and how he’s developed into an all pro in large part because of scheme fit.

    Did you know that Babre has faster times than Mathis in the 40, the 20yd split, the 10yd split, and the three done drill? Didn’t jump quite as far, or bench quite as much, but I still think the point should be made that Babre is a similar athlete and scheme fit, 2 years younger.

    Not saying Mathis is on the way out…

    But I am saying that Herrimans should be looking out. His 6mil plus Djax’s 10 looks a lot like a 16mil raise for Foles…

    • Richard Colton

      excellent point. if this guy is Mathis 2.0 – we just turned a weakness into a strength.

      • jmkrav

        Does anyone know the dead money situation with Herrimans? Wonder if he has any trade value. Or are we better of keeping 6 quality OL for depth?

        • Richard Colton

          I would keep him for depth. Tom pointed out that some of his problems in pass pro last year may have been injury related. he could bounce back – not counting on it due to age – but he could.
          Honestly, the key for me this preseason is Bamiro.

    • aub32

      Your timeline is off on Mathis. Howard Mudd is the guy who fixed. Mathis was a top rated guard under Mudd. Chip/Stout inherited a good guard who was already fixed.

    • Corey Dawson

      Like others said, Mud helped Mathis out more than anything. And speaking of bench, do you know he benches 455×10!? Beastly as hell.

      Just got around to going back and reading his IAMA from 2 years ago. So many gems.

      http://nr.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/puhef/i_am_nfl_og_and_redditor_evan_mathis_ama/

  • EaglefaninAZ

    Very good move. I’m a Barbre fan. Like so many others here, I really want to see Bamiro step up if called upon. That being said, I hope that neither Bamiro nor Barbre see the field for any extended period this year.