The Carolina Panthers fortified their backfield by signing free-agent running back Kenjon Barner to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.
Carolina also signed a pair of draft picks Friday -- third-round selection Rashaan Gaulden and seventh-round pick Andre Smith.
The signing of Barner came one day after the Panthers placed running back Fozzy Whittaker on injured reserve with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Barner, a sixth-round draft pick of Carolina in 2013, was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the 2014 season. He appeared in 36 games with Philadelphia, totaling 310 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 71 carries.
In the Eagles' run to the Super Bowl last season, Barner appeared in 13 games (one start), rushing for 57 yards on 16 attempts with one touchdown.
Barner finished his college career ranked second in Oregon history with 3,623 rushing yards and tied for second with 41 rushing touchdowns.