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Kenjon Barner, LA Chargers Agree to 1-Year Contract After 2 Seasons with Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Kenjon Barner #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles returns a kick against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2017

The Los Angeles Chargers announced Monday they signed running back Kenjon Barner to a one-year contract.

Barner ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 42 yards in 13 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season.

The Chargers will have a healthy Melvin Gordon in 2017 after a knee injury knocked him out of the team's final three games last year.

Barner will likely compete with Kenneth Farrow to win the backup running back job behind Gordon. In addition, Los Angeles will have to replace the production it lost when Danny Woodhead signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

Barner had a nice college career, finishing sixth in FBS in rushing yards (1,767) as a senior in 2012, but the 27-year-old struggled to carve out a meaningful role in Philadelphia after the Eagles acquired him from the Carolina Panthers.

Barner averaged 4.6 yards a carry in 24 games for the Eagles, so he may only need the right opportunity to become a useful piece of the Chargers offense.

Having averaged 30.8 yards on nine kick returns for Philadelphia in 2016, he could also help Los Angeles in special teams.

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