Allen Barbre, a fourth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2007, also spent the first six seasons of his career with three teams. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season when, as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. When Barbre’s suspension was over, the Seahawks released him and he was out a job. The Eagles immediately had Barbre in for a workout when they were in search of a center following
“They said they were interested, but that was it,” Barbre recalled.
Fast forward to the 2013 offseason. The Eagles, searching for versatility and depth along the offensive line, reached out to Barbre and his agent again. This time, a deal was consummated.
Early in the offseason workouts, Mathis recognized Barbre’s talent and even said in an interview that he thought he was a starting-caliber offensive lineman in the NFL. Perhaps he saw a little bit of himself in his new teammate.
“Allen and I have similar physical qualities,” Mathis said.“I don’t want to toot my own horn when talking about Al, but he’s a physical guy. He’s strong. He’s very athletic. He knows the game of football. He’sbounced around a little bit. Hess dealt with some things that get in the way of getting in a groove with your career like injuries, the suspension and things like that. He’s been dedicated. He’s put in the work. He showed us what kind of player he was in OTAs. He kept everything going in Training Camp and preseason. He’s continued to get better and better. He’s a guy who can play four spots on that line at a high level.”
“This league’s all about opportunities, and I’m thankful for my opportunity here,” Barbre said.“You just never know, really, so you just have to work hard and stay ready.”