Shawn Barber was a rock in his one year with the Eagles, starting 16 regular season games and two playoff games. The next season, he again played in all 16 games, but this time as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Since then, he's played in just 11 NFL games after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament half-way through the 2004 season and being able to return only late last season to play in the final three games of the season with Kansas City.
Barber came to Philadelphia Wednesday looking to make a deal after being cut by the Chiefs six days ago to clear some cap room. After discussions with coaches and an extensive physical, Barber got a one-year deal to return to the Eagles. It's the second time that Barber has gotten a one-year deal with the team after playing in just three games the season before. In 2002, he came to Philly after four seasons with the Washington Redskins and playing in just three games in 2001. His one season in Philadelphia, when he had what was at that time, a career high 119 tackles was good enough to get him big bucks from K.C. and he went on to set a new career high in tackles with 141 in 2003. He was well off of that pace when he got hurt in 2004 and didn't record any tackles this past season.
Barber's signing is the first significant deal of the off-season for the Eagles who are looking to revamp their defense. His signing came before the free agent signing period, which was allowed because he had been cut rather than simply played out his contract.