The Carolina Cobras have signed veteran wide receiver Phillip Barnett. The Ohio native has spent eight seasons with various arena football teams, with his most recent stint being with the Cleveland Gladiators and the Wichita Falls Nighthawks, where he was coached by current coach of the Carolina Cobra Billy Back. During that season Barnett would tally up 320 yards with his 41 receptions for a total of eight touchdowns in nine games.
The 6’2” receiver is no stranger to the coaching methods of Back, as he started his career in 2011 by a Back lead Cincinnati Commandos team. In 2013, Barnett reunited with Back in the IFL as a member of the Texas Revolution.
Barnett would also make moves to play for the Nashville Venom in 2014 and 2015 under coach Back again and alongside Charles McCullum, who also is a former Venom and Wichita Falls Nighthawks player currently signed to the Cobras.
Barnett parted ways with the Venom in 2015 and would spend two seasons with the Tampa Bay Storm. He would record 34 catches for 339 yards and nine touchdowns his first seasons During the 2016 campaignc he would rack up a career-high of 70 receptions for 687 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Carolina will begin their inaugural season in the National Arena League on April 7 when they host the defending champion Jacksonville Sharks. All Cobras home games will be played at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC.