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Texans, Connor Barwin’s agent to meet for first time in offseason

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With all 32 teams and every agent descending upon Indianapolis, the next few days are going to be filled with a lot of talk about meeting between teams and the representatives for their impending free agents.

One such meeting will involve the Texans and the agents for linebacker Connor Barwin. Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle reports that the two sides will meet for the first time this offseason to discuss a new contract for the 2009 second-round pick. Ganguli writes that she expects Barwin to reach the open market, but characterizes both sides as wanting to get a deal done to keep Barwin in Houston.

Barwin dropped from 11.5 sacks in 2011 to three sacks in 2012. Sacks aren’t the only way to measure the success of an outside linebacker, but that drop probably makes it easier for the Texans to hold onto Barwin since another double-digit sack season would have likely priced him off a team without a lot of money to spend this offseason. In a league that prizes pass rushers, Barwin’s past success is still going to have suitors looking to land him for their defense.

Should Barwin leave, 2012 first-round pick Whitney Mercilus would likely join Brooks Reed in the starting lineup.

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5 Responses to “Texans, Connor Barwin’s agent to meet for first time in offseason”
  1. stevincinci says: Feb 20, 2013 8:27 PM

    What’s funny, is Connor never played defense in college for the Bearcats. He was a tight end and also played on UC’s basketball team for 3 years as a walk on. Pretty cool story.

  2. htowntexan says: Feb 20, 2013 10:17 PM

    Mercilus was a big disappointment this year. Hopefully he gets act together this off season.

  3. drglory says: Feb 20, 2013 11:56 PM

    Saw this dude smoking stuff he shouldn’t have been last off-season at a club in Houston. I was worried about where his head was, but as a fan I brushed it off as a young man having fun. After this past season, if we don’t get him on the cheap, I say let him walk.

  4. davetexansfan says: Feb 21, 2013 1:55 AM

    Now I wouldn’t be disappointed if Whitney Mercilus becomes the other starting OLB because he is a beast, but he’s young and still somewhat raw. I think we really need to resign Barwin because he is very talented and we need the depth.

    More importantly, he had a down year this year so we should be able to sign him to a cheaper deal than we would have if we signed him before this past season. But once all the offense’s start double teaming JJ Watt (which obviously will happen) I think Barwin will get his numbers back up. Plus he’s pretty good (not great) at pass coverage. And still pretty young himself, so he has a lot of great football left in him.

  5. srose3rd says: Feb 21, 2013 1:20 PM

    Mercilus was a disappointment? Didn’t he have more sacks than Barwin and Reed COMBINED, and as a rookie? Agree that he is raw but let’s let the guy get in some consistent playing time before we call him a disappointment….

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