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Connor Barwin | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255
College: Cincinnati
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (46) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Rams OLB Connor Barwin said it "feels good" to be back in Wade Phillips' scheme.
Barwin was not at his best as a 4-3 defensive end in Philadelphia, so he is happy to be back in a 3-4 under Phillips, under whom Barwin played in Houston. "This is really where I want to be playing, the system I want to be in and where I’m going to have the most success," Barwin said. Going on 31, the pass rusher may not return to the double-digit sack tier, but he should be a solid option opposite Robert Quinn. Jun 27 - 9:15 AM

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Rams signed OLB Connor Barwin, formerly of the Eagles, to a one-year contract.

Per ESPN's Adam Caplan, it's worth a maximum of $6.5 million. Barwin played defensive end in the Eagles' 4-3 defense last season, but has plenty of experience in 3-4s, including with new Rams DC Wade Phillips in Houston. Going on 31, Barwin has slowed a bit in recent years, but notched at least five sacks each of his four seasons in Philadelphia. He's a workout freak who stays in shape. He's a needed addition for a Rams pass rush lacking bodies.
Mar 16 - 6:28 PM

Free agent OLB Connor Barwin is visiting the Rams on Wednesday.

This makes too much sense not to happen. Barwin turns 31 this year, but the Rams are transitioning to a 3-4 defense under new DC Wade Phillips and have zero edge rushers behind Robert Quinn. Barwin played for Phillips in Houston earlier in his career. He's appeared in all 16 games each of the past six seasons and remains a reliable edge-setter with 46 sacks the past six years.
Mar 15 - 10:16 AM

Free agent DE Connor Barwin will visit the Bengals on Monday.

Despite sitting on the 11th-most cap space in football, the penny-pinching Bengals let their two best offensive linemen walk in free agency. Barwin probably shouldn't be expecting a big contract offer. With that said, Barwin's edge-defending ability would be very much welcomed in Cincinnati, where RE Michael Johnson is completely washed. Barwin played his college ball for the Bearcats.
Mar 12 - 10:22 PM

Eagles released DE Connor Barwin.

The move saves $7.75 million against the cap, making this one a no-brainer. GM Howie Roseman tried to find a trade partner, but there was no way anyone was going to give up something and take on that contract when they knew the Eagles would dump him. Barwin was a really poor fit in DC Jim Schwartz's 4-3 front as an end. Look for him to sign with a 3-4 team as an edge rusher, although MMQB's Albert Breer reports the 49ers will likely be interested.
Mar 9 - 9:57 AM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Eagles are trying to trade OLB/DE Connor Barwin.

Philly is also still trying to move LB Mychal Kendricks. Perhaps they are able to find takers, but the more likely outcome is both are cut before the new league year begins tomorrow afternoon. Cutting Barwin would save the Eagles $7.75 million against the cap.
Mar 8 - 3:16 PM

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

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

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