Connor Barwin has found a new home in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Rams announced via Twitter Thursday that they have agreed to terms with the 30-year-old pass rusher.
Barwin had a nice run with the Eagles after signing with the team in 2013. In four years in Philadelphia, he registered 211 combined tackles, 31.5 sacks and forced five fumbles. He also recorded 24 pass deflections and an interception.
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It was a no-brainer for the Eagles to release Barwin. As a natural 3-4 outside linebacker, the switch to a 4-3 scheme certainly impacted his play. In his first season as a 4-3 defensive end, he tallied just 34 tackles and five sacks, which is far short of his normal output.
He was also scheduled to make $8,350,000 in 2017. In an appearance on TSN’s Breakfast on Broad, Barwin said he’d be willing to take a pay cut if it meant he could stay in Philadelphia, but the two sides were unable to renegotiate his contract. By releasing him, the Eagles saved themselves $7.75 million.
It’s certainly unfortunate that Barwin’s time with the Eagles was cut short. Not only was a valuable on the field, but he made a lot of contributions off of it as well. He was nominated for the NFL Man of the Year award in both 2014 and 2015 for his efforts in the community.
With Barwin now playing for the Rams, Vinny Curry, who the Eagles signed to a five-year, $47.5 million contract last offseason, will likely play a larger role on the defensive line. Curry had a down year in 2016, recording just 2.5 sacks on the season while sharing snaps with Barwin.