Ravens trade Antwan Barnes to Eagles

In a somewhat surprising maneuver, the Baltimore Ravens traded outside linebacker Antwan Barnes on Saturday to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick. The Ravens are believed to have acquired a seventh-round selection for Barnes, one of their better pass rushers who had been slated for a situational role on third downs.

The former fourth-round draft pick recorded a career-high three sacks last season and intercepted his first pass. He was expected to back up former Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.

Barnes seemed happy about the change of scenery.

"Woooooooo .. I had a good run in Baltimore," Barnes wrote on his official Twitter account. "Its a new beginning and I'm ready to be a eagle."

The move provided a boost to the roster prospects of outside linebacker Edgar Jones, who might have been cut if Barnes had remained on the roster, as well as linebackers Jason Phillips and Prescott Burgess.

"I'm kind of surprised to see Antwan go," Burgess said. "The NFL is a crazy business, so you never know what's going to happen next. I'm sure he'll do well in Philly."

In Philadelphia, Barnes is slated for the Eagles' hybrid defensive end spot called the Joker position.

The 6-foot-1, 251-pounder has recorded five career sacks, one interception, a forced fumble and 24 special-teams tackles.

At Florida International, Barnes set the school record with 23 sacks and posted 224 career tackles. He was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection.

"Philly Fans... Welcome my boi Antwan Barnes to Philly!" Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel wrote on his Twitter account. "If u don't know him now, you will soon, as he is a BEAST."


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