A reports has surfaced that the New York Giants are signing edge rusher Connor Barwin as a free agent.
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 move himself:
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
[UPDATE] Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Giants signed Barwin to a 2-year deal worth up to $5 million. The exact details and money breakdown of the contract are still unknown.
Fans and the media have wondered all offseason how the Giants would generate a pass rush without having to rely on the blitz, or scheming pressure. The move to sign Barwin, an outside linebacker and pass rushing specialist, is an attempt to address that obvious shortcoming on the defense.
While the Giants might have hopes for third-round pick Lorenzo Carter and second-year edge rusher Avery Moss, Carter is a rookie and Moss has been dealing with an injury since the end of last season. Barwin is four years removed from 14-sack performance in 2014 and will be 32 years old by the time the Giants play their seventh game of the season. Barwin saw his pass rush productivity drop precipitously last year for the Los Angeles Rams, notching just 5 sacks despite playing the most snaps of any Rams’ linebacker.
At this point the Giants are likely hoping that Barwin will bounce back in a reduced role and provide an experienced and steady presence as a rotational pass rusher.
Stay tuned to Big Blue View for updates as we get them.