The Eagles Sign LB Connor Barwin
3/14/2013 5:55:00 PM
MARCH 14, NOVACARE COMPLEX – After bolstering the secondary earlier in the afternoon by adding safety Kenny Phillips and cornerback Cary Williams, the Eagles continued to be active in the early days of free agency as they agreed to terms with linebacker Connor Barwin to a six-year deal.
In four seasons with Houston, Connor Barwin (6-4, 268) has registered 109 tackles, 19 sacks, two fumble recoveries and 16 passes defensed. A former second-round draft pick (46th overall) of the Texans in 2009, Barwin, 26, has played in 109 games (82 starts) and is second on the franchise’s all-time sacks record. He shifted to outside linebacker from defensive end following the 2010 season and responded to the move with a team-high 11.5 sacks in 2011, which ranked third in the AFC.
A 2011 USA Today All-Joe Team selection, Barwin earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month accolades in November 2011 after tallying five sacks in three games which included a 10-tackle, four-sack performance in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on 11/27/11.
A four-year starter at the University of Cincinnati, Barwin finished third on the program’s single-season sack record list with 12 as a senior in 2008 en route to first-team All-American and All-Big East Conference honors. A native of Hazel Park, MI, Barwin earned first-team all-state, all-league, all-Catholic and all-district honors as a senior at University of Detroit Jesuit High School.