What is 6'4, 310 lbs, 32 years old, and trys to work harder than anyone else in the room?
If you said Philadelphia Eagles left guard, you would be correct.
If you picked Barbre as the obvious lock for the that starting role, you would also be correct. But unlike most of his last 11 seasons in the NFL, he actually has some pretty good competition heading into training camp later this summer.
Head coach Doug Pederson himself admitted that left guard would be a highly competitive position this season, despite Barbre's presence. The prospective heirs includedand .
Barbre split time with Seumalo during minicamp this spring, and the 23-year-old looked good throughout OTAs as well. There's a caveat though: Barbre was sidelined with a calf injury for most of the spring.
Ideally, especially from a long term perspective, Seumalo would be able to outperform the veteran Barbre and be the new starting left guard for the the Eagles. If that happens, Barbre is both versatile and talented enough to fill in anywhere he is needed. He's played left guard, right tackle, and right guard in the past.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Barbre will be playing for his next contract this season, hoping for a raise from $2.25 million he is set to earn this year. And he's coming off a career year in 2016.
Barbre played in 12 games, missing 4 due to a hamstring injury, serving as both left guard and right tackle. When he was playing guard, he looked like one of the premier talents in the position across the NFL. He started every game he played, the only issue hanging over him is his durability.
Frankly, Seumalo and Warmack will likely give Barbre some good competition at training camp, but it's hard to imagine them taking the starting role from him for any reason other than injury trouble. Coaches Pederson and Jeff Stoutland are both on record as fans of the veteran's leadership and work ethic, and the big guy is just too good not to start.
Even if there is an upset this summer, it's unlikely that Barbre doesn't make the Eagles 53-man roster. He's just too good and too affordable this season to let go for nothing.
Source: Jeff Kerr - 247Sports · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS