The Los Angeles Chargers have signed free agent running back Kenjon Barner to a deal for the upcoming 2017 season, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Barner spent the past two seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2017
Barner appeared in a career-high 13 games last season, carrying the ball 27 times for 129 yards, in addition to recording the first two touchdowns of his career. In the passing game, he also pulled down five catches for 42 yards, while also contributing on special teams with nine returned kicks for 277 yards to his total. His season came to an end after he was placed on injured reserve for the final two weeks of the year.
His debut with the Eagles came during the 2015 season, after his former collegiate head coach in Chip Kelly, acquired him from the Carolina Panthers. Barner appeared sparingly with the Panthers during his rookie campaign in 2013, carrying the ball just six times over eight games.
He first played for Kelly while he was a member of the Oregon Ducks, as he won three consecutive Pac-12 Championships in Eugene. He saw an increased number of carries each year he spent on campus, finishing his senior season not only as First-team All-Pac-12, but as a consensus All-American selection while averaging 135.9 rushing yards per game and posting 21 touchdowns for the season.
His addition to the Los Angeles backfield adds depth for a group that is spearheaded by Melvin Gordon, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season. The team recently lost back-up running back Danny Woodhead in free agency.