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Connor Barwin | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 264
College: Cincinnati
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (46) / HOU
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Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer said "it’s difficult to see" Connor Barwin back with the Eagles in 2017.
McLane's opinion has been the general consensus since the end of the season. Barwin has said he is willing to take a pay cut, but McLane does not think the Eagles will be willing to match what the pass rusher will fetch on the open market. A poor fit in DC Jim Schwartz’s scheme, Barwin should draw plenty of interest from 3-4 teams if he is made available. NJ Advance Media listed the Colts, Packers, and Ravens as possible suitors. Feb 21 - 9:59 AM

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Mark Eckel of NJ Advanced Media believes DE Connor Barwin will have plenty of suitors if the Eagles cut or trade him.

Following years of success as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Barwin struggled at defensive end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. Barwin is due $7.75 million and has already said he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Philly. Eckel named the Colts, Packers and Ravens as teams that could be interested in Barwin.
Feb 19 - 8:20 AM

Eagles DE Connor Barwin said he'd be open to taking a pay cut to stay in Philadelphia.

Barwin has two years left on his contract and is due a $7.75 million salary with no guaranteed money left on the deal. He'll be entering his age-31 season and didn't perform all that well in his first year in DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski expects the Eagles to simply move on in an effort to free up a ton of cap room. Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry are the starting ends in Philadelphia, and Graham just graded out as PFF's top 4-3 end in 2016.
Jan 25 - 10:52 AM

Eagles DC Jim Schwartz said Connor Barwin "fits real well" at defensive end in his 4-3 scheme.

An outside linebacker in outgoing DC Billy Davis' 3-4, Barwin is being projected as a rotational end under Schwartz, sharing time with LE Vinny Curry and RE Brandon Graham. "I think most of the plays that he made were rushing the passer," Schwartz said of Barwin. "I think that size-wise, effort-wise, skill set-wise, he fits well there." We still wouldn't be entirely shocked if Barwin went on the offseason trade market.
Sun, Feb 14, 2016 12:01:00 PM

The Eagles have restructured OLB Connor Barwin's contract.

The restructure guarantees Barwin's entire salary this season ($6.4M), plus $3 million in 2016. It's a slight raise after Barwin made the Pro Bowl and posted 14.5 sacks last season. 28-year-old Barwin is signed through 2018.
Source: CSN Philly
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 05:15:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 09:25:00 AM

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.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 09:48:00 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

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