It didn’t take long for former Eagles DE Connor Barwin to find a new home. According to an official press release from the LA Rams, the team have acquired the now outside linebacker. Ian Rapoport confirms that the team have signed Barwin to a one-year deal.
The #Rams agreed to terms with pass-rusher Connor Barwin, giving him a 1-year deal worth a max of $6.5M, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2017
Drafted by the Texans in 2009, Barwin spent two years with Rams Defensive Coordinator, Wade Phillips. The former Eagle thrived under Phillips in Houston, amassing 11.5 sacks in 2011.
Since signing with the Eagles four years ago, Barwin has been a force for the defense, racking up 159 total tackles, 31.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 6 forced fumbles in 64 games. Emerging as a fan favorite and someone who contributes massively in the community, there is no doubting his presence will be missed..but for the Eagles, the cap number was simply too large for a player who couldn’t find the consistency needed to shine.
Despite his strong play, his production has seen a constant dip since a stunning 2014 season, one where he recorded a personal best 14.5 sacks. In 2016, the Eagles defense went back to a four man front, something Barwin hadn’t played in for several years. This led to his worst statistical year as an Eagle, where he had 34 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and failed to make the impact, Eagles fans have come to expect from him.
The team parted ways with Barwin just last week, freeing up $7.75M in cap space. It’s great that Barwin landed in a familiar territory and one where he will no doubt thrive as he did as an OLB in both Philadelphia and Houston.
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