The New York Giants have signed veteran outside linebacker Connor Barwin to a deal, ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported.
The Giants are expected to sign veteran outside linebacker Connor Barwin, per source. Adds much-needed depth at the position and a quality veteran presence. Also has a strong relationship with LB coach Bill McGovern from their time together in Philadelphia.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 23, 2018
Barwin confirmed the deal on his own Twitter account as well. Details of the contract were not immediately available.
I’m excited to announce I’ve agreed to terms with the New York Football Giants. Let’s go G-Men! #GiantsPride
— Connor Barwin (@ConnorBarwin98) July 23, 2018
Barwin has 55.5 career sacks
Barwin, 31, broke into the league with the Texans as a second-round pick in 2009. He immediately made an impact in Houston, playing in all 16 games and registering 4.5 sacks. He landed on injured reserve after a brutal lower-body injury in the 2010 season opener.
Barwin came back in 2011 better than ever and recorded a then-career-high 11.5 sacks. He added another three sacks in 2012 before moving to the Eagles in 2013.
Barwin thrived in Philadelphia, posting 31.5 sacks in four seasons, including 14.5 in his 2014 Pro Bowl year. Last year, Barwin registered five sacks with the Los Angeles Rams and missed two games with a broken bone in his arm.
As Raanan notes, Barwin’s transition to New York should be eased by the presence of linebackers coach Bill McGovern, who worked with outside linebackers in Philadelphia from 2013-2015.
The Giants need pass rush help
Earlier this offseason New York sent Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay, a move that caught many by surprise. With Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson as massive space eaters up front, Olivier Vernon as a disruptive force on one end and newly-acquired Alex Ogletree in the middle of the linebacking corps, Barwin should have free rein to attack quarterbacks off the edge in New York’s new 3-4 scheme. The Giants also took Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter in the third round of this year’s NFL draft.
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