Shawn Barber isn't the same player who recorded 119 tackles and a career-high 3 fumble recoveries with the Eagles in 2002. He's also not the same player who played in all 16 regular season games and two playoff games for the Eagles that year. Over his last three seasons, Barber has 183 tackles as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, but has missed considerable time over the last two seasons.
Barber suffered a knee injury in November of 2004 that cost him the rest of that season and all but three games of the 2005 season. Needless to say, the Eagles will be looking specifically for any lingering signs of the injury in the workout and physical Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex.
If he's healthy, the Eagles will move quickly to get Barber signed to a contract as the first move to upgrade their defense. Barber, is a free agent, but doesn't have to wait for the free agent signing period to begin since he was cut by the Chiefs nearly a week ago as they cleared money to get under the salary cap.
The Eagles have identified Barber as one step in rebuilding a defense that fell way off their numbers from the 2004 season and was among the worst in franchise history in putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The 6' 2", 240 pound Barber was originally drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 1998 Draft and it's expected that he'll meet with the media late Wednesday afternoon in Philly.