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Whose spot will Barnes take?

For the second time in as many days, the Eagles have made a trade, acquiring Antwan Barnes from the Ravens in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

Whose spot will Barnes take?

The Eagles traded for Ravens defensive end Antwan Barnes. (AP Photo / Rob Carr)
The Eagles traded for Ravens defensive end Antwan Barnes. (AP Photo / Rob Carr)

For the second time in as many days, the Eagles have made a trade, acquiring Antwan Barnes from the Ravens in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.

This afternoon (by 6 p.m.), the Birds will have to trim their roster to 53 players, so the obvious question is: Whose spot will Barnes take?

I posted my roster projection yesterday and had the Eagles keeping nine defensive linemen and six linebackers.

I don't think the addition of Barnes will cost any of the defensive linemen a job.

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But linebacker could be a different story. The Eagles tried Moise Fokou at defensive end at training camp and in the preseason. It sure sounds like Barnes could now fill that hybrid-type role, and he has played special teams with the Ravens. Barnes had 23 career sacks at Florida International.

I still think the Eagles like Fokou, but there might not be a spot for him.

The Eagles could also make a move at another position. I had them keeping six wide receivers, including Kelley Washington, but they could decide to just go with five, meaning Washington would be gone.

Or the Barnes addition could cost one of the safeties a job. I had them keeping both Macho Harris and Quintin Demps, but certainly one of those two could get cut. I still think Harris has the edge over Demps there.

It is a stressful time for players, but we'll know who's staying and who's going in the next few hours.


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