Guess no trade market developed for Connor Barwin after all.
And really, why would it?
If teams knew that the Eagles were going to release Barwin, why would they give up anything of value for him?
Anyway, Barwin’s career in midnight green is officially over after a month’s worth of speculation surrounding his name. Barwin pleaded with the Eagles for a pay-cut to stay here but by releasing him, they save over $7 million and can get a guy that fits the system and is younger. It was really a no-brainer and I think this brings the Eagles into the mid-teens in open cap space.
It’s pretty clear that the Eagles are being frugal so far this free agency period. I think they liked Britt and were ready to bring him in but the Browns swooped in late with big money that I’m glad the Eagles didn’t sign him to. Barwin’s release will officially relieve some stress on their wallets.
Still, Barwin was a good player and before the scheme change, looked like a guy that would spend the rest of his career here. He was so active in the community and genuinely loved this city. He’s definitely going to be missed in the locker room, but business is business and he can still retire here after his career is over if he loved it as much as he says he did. It was also classy that the Eagles got rid of him sooner rather than later so he can have plenty of time to find a new home.
Where would Barwin fit? I think a team like the Ravens makes a lot of sense. They love having vets around and it would allow him to go back to playing the 3-4 defense that he thrived in here for 3 years.
The team released a very nice goodbye letter to Connor
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 9, 2017
The 49ers apparently approached the Eagles about trading for Barwin. He’ll have more than few teams interested in bringing him in
The Eagles and Niners had some preliminary trade discussions about Connor Barwin, so San Francisco would make sense as one suitor.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 9, 2017