Eagles bring back RB Kenjon Barner on a 1-year deal

A familiar face is back in town.

The Eagles on Tuesday night signed Kenjon Barner to a one-year deal. The Eagles were in need of a running back after Darren Sproles was lost for the season. 

Barner, 28, spent the last two seasons with the Eagles after he was acquired in a trade with the Panthers. He signed with the Chargers as a free agent after the 2016 season but didn't make the team's 53-man roster. 

During his two seasons in Philadelphia, Barner carried the ball 55 times for 253 yards (4.6 per attempt) and two touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 64 yards. 

In addition to his work on offense, Barner returned 10 kickoffs and three punts during his time in Philly. While Wendell Smallwood is the team's kick returner, the Eagles lost their top punt returner when Sproles went down. It's very likely punt returner will be Barner's role. 

The Eagles actually started with five running backs on their initial 53-man roster but were down to three — Smallwood, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement — after the first three weeks. Donnel Pumphrey also landed on IR. 

With Barner signed, the Eagles have all 53 spots on their roster filled. 

After signing Barner, the Eagles have brought in a player with knowledge of their next opponent three times already this season. They signed QB Nate Sudfeld to the practice squad before the Washington game, CB De'Vante Bausby to the practice squad before the Chiefs game and now Barner before the Chargers game.