The Denver Broncos made another addition to their offensive line Wednesday by acquiring guard Allen Barbre from the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Broncos will send a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for the 10th-year lineman, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Barbre started 12 games for the Eagles at left guard last season, but was essentially phased out of the equation this offseason. Philadelphia has committed to Isaac Seumalo as its starting left guard to begin training camp and have Brandon Brooks slotted to play the right side. Barbre’s fate might have been sealed when the Eagles signed Chance Warmack to a one-year deal.
What the Allen Barbre trade means for the Denver Broncos:
The Broncos spent most of the offseason beefing up the trenches on both sides of the ball. They signed tackle Menelik Watson, guard Ronald Leary and drafted Garett Bolles in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Apparently, John Elway isn’t content with what he has along the offensive line. Barbre is more effective from the left side, but he can play both guard positions. He’s also taken snaps at tackle, although it isn’t his most ideal role.
Denver is projected to have Leary and Max Garcia serve as their starting guards this season, but Barbre might actually serve as a potential upgrade. Garcia, a 2015 fourth-round pick, started all 16 games for the Broncos during his second season and ranked 42nd among all guards with a 70.7 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. Barbre earned an 82.2 overall grade in 2016, which ranked 12th among his position.
Barbre and Garcia could compete for starting duties during training camp. It’s a low-risk move for the Broncos, who could cut ties with Barbre rather easily if it doesn’t work out. His $1.75 million salary isn’t guaranteed. The Eagles get at least something back in return for a player they were going to cut.