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Connor Barwin gets six-year deal from Eagles

Houston Texans' Connor Barwin celebrates after he stopped the Cincinnati Bengals on a fourth down play in the fourth quarter during their NFL AFC wildcard playoff football game in Houston Reuters

The Eagles aren’t slowing down.

As forecast earlier on Thursday, they have added linebacker Connor Barwin to the seven other players they’ve signed since the start of free agency. The team announced that the deal is for six years. Multiple reports put the deal’s total value at $36 million with a chance to go as high as $40 million.

The Eagles will happily pay that for the kind of production Barwin had in 2011 when he sacked the quarterback 11.5 times for the Texans. He only had three in 2012 and while there are plenty of ways for outside linebackers to have an impact, the sacks are going to be key for whoever winds up at outside linebacker in Philly. With Trent Cole and Brandon Graham expected to move to the position after playing defensive end in their old 4-3 scheme.

Of the seven other players signed by the Eagles in free agency, all but tight end James Casey plays on the defensive side of the ball. That gives you a pretty fair idea about the biggest point of emphasis in Philly this offseason and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them add more help come the draft next month.

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73 Responses to “Connor Barwin gets six-year deal from Eagles”
  1. tommythek says: Mar 14, 2013 6:01 PM

    6 years a good way to spread out the signing bonus. Will be interested to see how much guarenteed jack he is getting.

  2. bonato55 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:01 PM

    SOLID MOVE!! Love 95% of the picks this year CHIP era has begun ….

  3. diegiantsdie says: Mar 14, 2013 6:02 PM

    please sign a tackles and draft milliner or jordan

  4. attyken says: Mar 14, 2013 6:03 PM

    Chip is really impressing me with these mid level signings. Add in our draft pics and we should have a solid foundation.

  5. bramirez071193 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:05 PM

    5 years 25 mil is the most he is worth he will give you 6-8 sacks a year but never 10+

  6. pigbenis69 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:06 PM

    Philly version of Mike Vrabel

  7. eaglesbest says: Mar 14, 2013 6:07 PM

    I would love to see Winston in here I don’t believe he has signed anywhere to this point and then draft Dion Jordan. The guys a beast!!

  8. ryanrockzzz says: Mar 14, 2013 6:08 PM

    But he’s had 11.

  9. mike4817 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:08 PM

    Overpaid! Hate to lose Casey though

  10. flavordave says: Mar 14, 2013 6:08 PM

    great news! Conner can bear witness to six full blissful years of Chip Kelly domination! Shock the world is a coming

  11. blockedshotnyr says: Mar 14, 2013 6:08 PM

    Love the moves – have been mostly low-risk, Barwin is a good add because they didn’t have any true 3-4 backers on the roster.

    Will probably shop Cole and/or Graham now – I imagine for a pick.

  12. ryanb513 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:09 PM

    Not worth that kind of money. I’m glad the Texans aren’t blowing their load on guys like him. I think we would have gone up to $4m a year at most for him. Having a 3 sack year with JJ Watt doing what he did lining up next to him is unacceptable.

  13. Max says: Mar 14, 2013 6:09 PM

    Actually was hoping my team picked him, congrats eagles, this is good signing for you.

  14. snowpea84 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:10 PM

    Vick is still the Qb, so whats the point?

  15. skinsrollyou says: Mar 14, 2013 6:11 PM

    Hey iggles fans. What happened to the dream team?? And how’s life without a single superbowl treating ya? Hahaha

  16. paulsmith107 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:13 PM

    Ha ha ha a bunch of scrubs lol and you kept Vick so even if you took two steps forward keeping Vick is like four steps back

  17. burgundyandgold says: Mar 14, 2013 6:13 PM

    1960

  18. tbdangerous21 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:14 PM

    Should be interesting season of football. Cowboys going to 4-3 and Philly going to 3-4.

  19. mikelitoris1 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:14 PM

    Now the question is…. who will trade for Trent Cole?

  20. elimanningup says: Mar 14, 2013 6:15 PM

    LOL. Connor Barwin is truly terrible. He was god awful in 2012, and that’s with JJ Watt drawing all the attention inside. If you can’t produce with a 3-4 DE like Watt then you truly suck as a 3-4 OLB. His PFF grades in 2012:

    1019 snaps, -20.2 in pass-rush, 0.4 in coverage, and -0.6 against the run.

    He was ranked 32nd out of 34 qualified 3-4 OLBs. Only Shaun Phillips and Eric Walden were worse than him in 2012.

    Congrats Eagles, you just signed a liability and terrible football player.

  21. erdessy says: Mar 14, 2013 6:16 PM

    Tommythek,

    The Eagles almost never amortize (spread as you said) the signing bonus over the length of a contract. They usually have enough cap room (over $40M this year) where they can apply the entire signing bonus in the year the player is signed. They do this because so they don’t want cap hits later when players are cut. That is why we can but players like Babin and Nnamdi and not take cap hits for the unamortized signing bonus from future years. It’s the one thing Banner did well while here. I don’t like him but he is a cap genius.

  22. snowboardinganteater says: Mar 14, 2013 6:17 PM

    Let’s hope this works out well for Chip and the Eagles…. It’s been long enough without a Super Bowl Championship!!

  23. larryboodry says: Mar 14, 2013 6:19 PM

    Good signing…But now the Cubs don’t have a second baseman.

  24. FlyFromTheInside says: Mar 14, 2013 6:20 PM

    LMAO…the will never learn…how’d that work 2 years ago Philly….Fail

  25. capnhowdy says: Mar 14, 2013 6:21 PM

    skinsrollyou says:
    Mar 14, 2013 6:11 PM

    Hey iggles fans. What happened to the dream team?? And how’s life without a single superbowl treating ya? Hahaha

    ——————-

    You, sir, have some truly original content. You’re blowing my mind right now.

  26. sknsfn1027 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:23 PM

    Barwin had 11.5 sacks in 2011 when Mario Williams was still there. Only 3 sacks last year. The Eagles have made some upgrades to the defense. The problem was the offensive line and for whatever reason they still think Vick is the answer. That spread offense WILL NOT work with an inaccurate QB.

  27. seabreezes51 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:26 PM

    It has been too long that the Eagles didnt consider linebackers as first rate players. I’m glad to see this change.

  28. elimanningup says: Mar 14, 2013 6:27 PM

    Now, as much as I hate the Eagles, the Kenny Phillips signing was a tremendous steal.

    When healthy Kenny Phillips is a Top 3 safety in the league. Phenomenal in coverage, sure tackler in the run game, and doesn’t make any mistakes.

    Giants are going to miss him badly. Here’s an idea of how valuable Kenny was to the Giants.

    From 2009-2012 (including playoffs)

    When Phillips plays: 28-13
    When Phillips doesn’t play: 12-15

  29. 4getu says: Mar 14, 2013 6:27 PM

    @skinsrollyou

    When was the last time the foreskins were even relevant? Last year doesn’t count cuz they weren’t a threat to go deep into the playoffs. You should think before you type your nonsense

  30. kvanhorn87 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:28 PM

    #17 on your big board

  31. chucksports says: Mar 14, 2013 6:31 PM

    Someone should tell Chip about the draft next month!!

  32. flavordave says: Mar 14, 2013 6:32 PM

    I find it funny when I hear Redskin fans talk about Super Bowls. Simply because I don’t remember the last time they won. they should find a Jets or Miami fan and compare notes. But the fact is that we are the only team to beat Lombardi. We inspired him through a crushing defeat, to try harder, thus forming the NFL you see hear today. World Champs baby!

  33. larryboodry says: Mar 14, 2013 6:33 PM

    Where’s flavordave? Hope he’s not sick!

  34. bobonmycob says: Mar 14, 2013 6:38 PM

    skinsrollyou says:Mar 14, 2013 6:11 PM

    Hey iggles fans. What happened to the dream team?? And how’s life without a single superbowl treating ya? Hahaha

    Hows life with a horrible owner, dumb coach, unpopular organization, and hurt starting QB?

  35. flavordave says: Mar 14, 2013 6:39 PM

    I’m hovering above and below you!

  36. kerryc21realty says: Mar 14, 2013 6:42 PM

    @4getu. Skins went from dead last in the division to winning it with a 7 game winning streak, and 3 superbowl rings… You should think before you type your nonsense

  37. jp4120 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:43 PM

    hey bobonmycob – does your mom still charge $10 for a bj?

    eagles are doing free agency right you deeeheads….
    GO……BIRDS……..

  38. avoidtheboyd says: Mar 14, 2013 6:44 PM

    Last year was his contract year and he did squat for us. Oh wait, the letterman jackets were his idea.

  39. crubenst says: Mar 14, 2013 6:45 PM

    Eagles win the superbowl! The drought is over! Now what are you filthy skins & cowboys fans gonna say? You can’t handle our coming superbowl!!! Eat it!

  40. zeekey2013 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:48 PM

    I can’t see them hanging on to Trent Cole now. He’s older now and who knows if he can play outside linebacker. Eagles making great moves though not over paying for big name guys, just a group of average to above average guys for cheap. I can see them doing very well next year. They need to get one more guys and that’s a right tackle!

  41. vinceofdarkness says: Mar 14, 2013 6:49 PM

    Like it, I love it, I want some more of it!!!

  42. grandpoopah says: Mar 14, 2013 6:50 PM

    I feel like a lot of Chip’s moves so far are focused on character first and foremost. And after the last couple of seasons, I think that is a smart move. They need to instill a culture. Guys like Barwin and Sopoaga aren’t flashy names with huge contracts, they’re just solid professionals who will practice hard and lead by example. This is a welcome departure from recent years, and it is what we need now in order to build for the future through the draft.

  43. justintuckrule says: Mar 14, 2013 6:56 PM

    I was just about to retire the “Dream Team” moniker right up until I saw what Barwin is taking them for. I can’t type enough HAHAs to show how hard I’m laughing! I hope they top it off and spend 60 mil on Jennings!

  44. dolphins4 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:58 PM

    From my count the Eagles now have 4 really good outside linebackers.

  45. oldbyrd says: Mar 14, 2013 7:04 PM

    I give him a B+ so far. I just don’t want them to spend the 4th overall pick on a rookie corner. FAR FAR to many more valuable players in that spot. A lights out Def. End or maybe the 2nd best Tackle in the country. Or trade down and then take the corner and add high picks.

  46. jm91rs says: Mar 14, 2013 7:16 PM

    Seems like all of the best former bearcats are in Philly. I may have to start cheering for them.

  47. 4getu says: Mar 14, 2013 7:18 PM

    @kerryc21realty

    Like I said, they were no threat last year, shanahan is going to ruin RG3 career. And we’re you even alive during those Super Bowls? So back to my original question. When was the last time the foreskins were even relevant? Thanks for helping me make my point Kerry. Now back to the basement you go

  48. 25cuts says: Mar 14, 2013 7:22 PM

    Skinsrollyou , you’re an idiot. Lol. Dude you’re team has blown for like 20+ years. Really ? So u gonna throw a Super Bowl from when u were like 5 at me? Ok so I’m gonna change the team I root for? Dummy.

  49. tbdangerous21 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:25 PM

    I’m surprised eagles didn’t go OL heavy in FA then draft Jordan 1st.

  50. justintuckrule says: Mar 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    crubenst says:
    Mar 14, 2013 6:45 PM
    Eagles win the superbowl! The drought is over! Now what are you filthy skins & cowboys fans gonna say? You can’t handle our coming superbowl!!! Eat it!
    ————————————

    this is a post copy/pasted by Mr. Crubenst from the last 17 Marches (right about when america online invented the internet).

  51. djjackson81 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:27 PM

    A lot of attention to the defense for Kelly so far. I know he like Dion Jordan. They need a CB as well tho. We shall see.

  52. 4getu says: Mar 14, 2013 7:31 PM

    I was alive during their super bowls and nobody cares what happened 2 years ago, let alone 20+ years ago

  53. jeff6381 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:35 PM

    I hate this signing i live in Houston so i watched the Texans play when the Eagles weren’t on and he had 1 good season so to pay him for 1 good season is terrible. There is a reason the Texans never even offered him a contract. I hope the Eagles sign some type of offensive lineman so Vick dont get murdered.

  54. Giantspunk213 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:53 PM

    No doubt the eagles can win the offseason championship any year, it’s when games start that they have problems.

  55. stevincinci says: Mar 14, 2013 8:00 PM

    I seen him play basketball for UC a few years back. His 11.5 sacks in 2011 was in part because he had Mario on the other side. 3 in 2012 was because he didn’t have Mario on the other side. Good player, but not 6 mil a year good.

  56. DonkeyStick says: Mar 14, 2013 8:01 PM

    bramirez071193 says:

    Mar 14, 2013 6:05 PM
    5 years 25 mil is the most he is worth he will give you 6-8 sacks a year but NEVER 10+

    “The Eagles will happily pay that for the kind of production Barwin had in 2011 when he sacked the quarterback 11.5 times for the Texans.”

    Didn’t quite read the article did you?

  57. psueagle81 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:16 PM

    It is only 8 million guaranteed over first 2 years so not really that much of a risk.

  58. mungman69 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:19 PM

    The teams that won Super Bowls in that last century have fans that are zeros. Boy o boy. This is so sad.

  59. psueagle81 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:20 PM

    jeff, Houston actually did offer him a contract last year but he turned them down.

  60. mungman69 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:22 PM

    Don’t forget: The Eagles only won 4 games last year, they still have a long way to go. And yes, they need a quarterback badly. Vick and Foles are not the answer. That guy from Breast Virginia? I dunno.

  61. kev86 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:58 PM

    Super bowl? Lol. Just kidding. It’s the Eagles.

  62. lajmahal says: Mar 14, 2013 9:21 PM

    It’s technically a 3 year deal for 13.5 million bucks. The Eagles can back out of it after three years, so it looks like a great move.. on paper

  63. bearcat2 says: Mar 14, 2013 9:28 PM

    And to think this guy never played defense until his senior year of college. Nice pay day.

  64. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 14, 2013 9:42 PM

    Eagles GM “To do” LIST:

    1. Sign and over pay “has been” NFL playes on the backside of their careers in order to generate excitement among clueless, gullible, fan base who will then run out and buy tix after 2-14 season.

    2. Put team on field that blows.

    3. Spin it as “rebuilding” season so the sheep keep buying tickets and think one day it will get better.

  65. mimitaroo says: Mar 15, 2013 1:48 AM

    @dallascowboysdishingthereal

    Interesting you mention “over pay” considering he is only guaranteed 8m over 6 years.

    Interesting you also call them “has beens” considering most of them have only played 4-7 years in the NFL and are barely entering their prime.

    Do some research before embarrassing yourself next time

  66. mungman69 says: Mar 15, 2013 2:43 AM

    Hey: Dallas, are you blowing your horn? Cum on now.

  67. macjacmccoy says: Mar 15, 2013 6:57 AM

    Giantspunk213 says:
    Mar 14, 2013 7:53 PM
    No doubt the eagles can win the offseason championship any year, it’s when games start that they have problems.

    The Eagles have had only 2 losing season in the last 13 years. But they have problems winning games.

  68. macjacmccoy says: Mar 15, 2013 7:02 AM

    Giantspunk213

    The Eagles have made the playoffs 9 out of the last 13 years

    Have only had 2 losing seasons in that time.

    Made it to 5 NFC Championship Games.

    And Made it to 1 Superbowl.

    Only the Patriots and Colts have won more playoff games then the Eagles in that time period.

  69. dallassux says: Mar 15, 2013 8:36 AM

    Eagles GM “To do” LIST:

    1. Sign and over pay “has been” NFL playes on the backside of their careers in order to generate excitement among clueless, gullible, fan base who will then run out and buy tix after 2-14 season.

    2. Put team on field that blows.

    3. Spin it as “rebuilding” season so the sheep keep buying tickets and think one day it will get better.

    ———————————————————————————–

    1) umm they have done the opposite this year. They have signed younger players and they are still 17 over the cap

    2) is that what Dallas has done the last 20 years. One playoff win

    3) Isn’t than the Cowboys Motto every year? Glad I don’t pay for season tickets to watch a team win one playoff game in 17 years in a billion dollar stadium

    Get back to us when you start watching football or at least cleaning up the mess in your own teams backyard

  70. deepsteelblue says: Mar 15, 2013 8:40 AM

    Smoke and mirrors! Good to see he got paid but he’s not worth it…y’all can have him Philly! Look at his stats from 2011…4.5 sacks in 1 flukey game, otherwise he’s the same player you saw last season with 3 sacks. Our 1st round pick Mercilles had 7 as a change of pace guy. Next man up Mercilles!

  71. larryboodry says: Mar 15, 2013 11:58 AM

    larryboodry says: Mar 14, 2013 6:33 PM

    “Where’s flavordave? Hope he’s not sick!”

    Damn, I spoke too soon.

  72. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 15, 2013 12:17 PM

    @dallassux-af**khead,

    You offer nothing that takes away the fact that the eagles were swept by dallas last year, won only 4 pathetic games, attempted to build a dream team through FA that is now laughable, and they are doing exactly the same thing now.

    But keep focusing on the Cowboys troubles loser.

  73. scoobyscraps says: Mar 15, 2013 5:14 PM

    The Eagles must scout the University of Cincinnati quite a bit! Kelce at Center, Celek at TE, Cole at LB, Gilyard at WR (think he finally got cut), Barwin, etc.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they take Kelce’s brother Travis, TE at Cincy, in the draft. Could be a stud at the next level…good hands and a good blocker.

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