Connor Barwin gets six-year deal from Eagles

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.

73 responses to “Connor Barwin gets six-year deal from Eagles

  1. 6 years a good way to spread out the signing bonus. Will be interested to see how much guarenteed jack he is getting.

  2. 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!!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. @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

  14. 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!

  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

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

  16. @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

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

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. @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

  24. 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.

  25. 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!
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    this is a post copy/pasted by Mr. Crubenst from the last 17 Marches (right about when america online invented the internet).

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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?

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. @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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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    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

  37. 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!

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

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

    Damn, I spoke too soon.

  39. @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.

  40. 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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