Barnes was a fourth round pick of the Ravens back in 2007, and was coached by Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman out in Baltimore. He then went to Philadelphia, but finally found a good home in San Diego. Over the past three seasons in San Diego he recorded 18.5 sacks, including 11 in 2011. He has recorded 23.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles over his career.
This was a nice signing for John Idzik. Barnes is only 28 and has the potential to put up double-digit sacks under Rex Ryan. I think he will grab one of the starting outside linebacker jobs and the other will go to a draft pick like Ansah, Jarvis Jones, or Dion Jordan. This is another low/risk high reward move for Idzik. This move really put them out of the market for Victor Butler, but with Idzik you never know.