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Connor Barwin | Linebacker

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 264
College: Cincinnati
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Eagles OLB Connor Barwin will be more involved as a pass rusher this season.
The only Eagle with experience as a 3-4 outside 'backer, Barwin was asked to play the versatile "Jack" role in the Philadelphia defense last season, a role that saw him drop into coverage on a whopping 42 percent of his snaps. Conversely, Trent Cole only dropped into coverage 22 percent of his defensive snaps as he filled the more aggressive "Predator" role. With Cole now more comfortable playing linebacker and versatile rookie Marcus Smith on the roster, Barwin should be given more freedom to get after the quarterback this season. Jul 7 - 9:25 AM

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Eagles OLB Connor Barwin played 94 percent of Philly's defensive snaps in 2013.

Eagles DC Billy Davis employed Barwin as a sort of swiss-army knife at left outside 'backer opposite rush specialist Trent Cole. Barwin is a below-average pass rusher, but has cover skills and graded out as a top-seven run-stopping 3-4 OLB per Pro Football Focus. He finished with 59 tackles and five sacks.
Jan 3 - 9:48 AM

Eagles GM Howie Roseman believes OLB Connor Barwin's sacks dipped from 11.5 in 2011 to 3.0 in 2012 because of how the Texans used him.

We disagree, but Barwin isn't our problem. He's Roseman's, for $36 million across six seasons. "He was more on the open side two years ago," Roseman said of Barwin's 11.5-sack campaign. "He was more in position to set the edge and cover the tight end this year. We watched him two years ago on the open side and then even this year when they played the Lions when he was doing it more. ... We think we know what we’re getting here in a high-motor guy."
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 09:55:00 PM

Eagles signed OLB Connor Barwin, formerly of the Texans, to a six-year, $36 million contract.

The money is shocking for a player who lacks explosive edge-rush ability, a necessity for 3-4 outside 'backers. The contract also calls into question Trent Cole's future in Philadelphia; Cole signed a brand-new six-year, $59.3 million contract last March but his performance dipped and the Eagles are now changing from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Cole has never played in a 3-4. Barwin, 26, managed three sacks across 18 starts in Houston last season, including the playoffs. The Eagles are going to be disappointed if they believe he'll spark their pass rush.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 05:40:00 PM

The Eagles are "on the verge" of a deal with free agent pass-rusher Connor Barwin.

The Eagles are in search of an edge rusher as they remake their defensive line, and Barwin would fit the bill. Greeted by a soft market, Barwin is probably wishing he didn't twice turn down extension offers from the Texans.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 04:52:00 PM

The Eagles "have been talking" to free agents Connor Barwin and Victor Butler.

The Eagles are remaking their front seven, and both Barwin and Butler could come cheap if their early markets are any indication. Butler could have more upside than Barwin, but Barwin certainly has a greater track record of production. Butler had trouble getting on the field in Dallas.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 01:30:00 PM

CBS Sports reports "at least three teams" are interested in free agent OLB Connor Barwin.

This could be agent-driven, but Barwin will certainly have a market once the likes of Cliff Avril and Paul Kruger get signed. However, it's possible his comedown 2012 will limit him to one-year offers. We wouldn't be surprised to see him end up back in Houston on a team-friendly deal.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 03:24:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle gives free agent OLB Connor Barwin a mere 30 percent chance of re-signing with the Texans.

It's been eerily quiet on the Barwin front during the "tampering window," but the Chronicle still believes he'll be priced out of the Texans' range. We'll see. The pass-rusher is coming off a down year that saw his sack total drop from 11.5 in 2011 to three in 2012. The only team Barwin has been linked to is the Colts.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Free agent OLB Connor Barwin suggested the Patriots and Colts as possible landing spots.

Barwin appears intent on testing the market and doesn't sound too interested in a hometown discount. When asked about potentially signing with the Patriots, he said, "That would be nice." Barwin also hinted the division-rival Colts have already reached out to him, which of course would be tampering. "Yeah, they would seem to have a lot of interest," Barwin said.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 08:33:00 AM

According to "people familiar with the situation," the Texans will meet with free agent OLB Connor Barwin's agent at the Combine, and "both sides" are hopeful of a new deal.

Beat writer Tania Ganguli would be "surprised" if Barwin didn't reach the open market, but it sounds like the sides will at least give extension talks a college try. Barwin previously turned down extensions both before the 2012 season and after his breakout 2011 campaign. The Texans' salary-cap situation isn't as dire as it was last offseason, but they still have little flexibility. Barwin, meanwhile, saw his sack total dip from 11.5 in 2011 to three last season.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 05:22:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle believes re-signing free agent OLB Connor Barwin is among the Texans' biggest priorities.

The Texans could end up using their franchise tag on Barwin, which would cost $9.455 million. Or, they could try to lock him up to a long-term deal as he's coming off a down season. Barwin, our No. 3 rush linebacker available in March, followed up an eye-opening 11.5 sack season in 2011 with just three sacks in 2012. The Chronicle lists CB Brice McCain, S Glover Quin and FB/TE James Casey as other free agents the Texans will try to retain.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 09:07:00 AM

According to Pro Football Weekly, the Texans are considering using the franchise tag on OLB Connor Barwin this offseason.

The Texans were in talks with Barwin, but gave Matt Schaub a four-year extension after sides reportedly "hit a snag" before the start of the regular season. Barwin, an unrestricted free agent, will need to be franchised if a long-term deal can't be reached. With Schaub and LT Duane Brown recently signed, the Texans don't have any other obvious candidates. The franchise tender for outside linebackers was $8.8 million in 2012.
Sat, Sep 22, 2012 07:58:00 PM

The Texans are expected to begin long-term contract talks with OLB Connor Barwin and LT Duane Brown before the start of the season.

This has been in the works since the end of last season, when Barwin emerged as the team's best pass rusher while Brown finally played as well as any blindside tackle in the game. Barwin's 9.5 sacks in the second half of the season tied Jared Allen and Elvis Dumervil for the NFL lead.
Tue, Jul 17, 2012 06:22:00 PM

ESPN Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson believes Texans OLB Connor Barwin will become a household name this season.

Barwin started all 16 games at outside linebacker in Wade Phillips' 3-4 a year ago, compiling 11.5 sacks. All but two of those sacks came after Mario Williams was lost for the season in Week 5. Even with Williams now in Buffalo, Barwin has major upside as a pass rusher. He's also in a contract year.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jul 4, 2012 08:38:00 AM

The Texans would like to extend the contracts of OLB Connor Barwin and LT Duane Brown before the start of the 2012 season.

Both players finally made good on their early-round pedigrees last season, emerging as nucleus players in Houston. After losing Mario Williams to Buffalo, Barwin is entrenched as Wade Phillips' top pass rusher.
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 10:27:00 AM

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