A very busy day for the New York Giants on Wednesday continued with the team officially announcing the signing of veteran outside linebacker Connor Barwin, who has 55.5 career sacks over nine NFL seasons.
To make room on the 90-man roster, tight end Kyle Carter was waive, Carter, who was with Pat Shurmur last season in Minnesota, had been awarded to the Giants on waivers early in the offseason. With a crowded tight end picture, though, the Giants apparently felt they didn’t have a spot for him.
The 32-year-old Barwin spent four seasons with the Houston Texans, four with the Philadelphia Eagles and last season with the Los Angeles Rams. Shurmur was Philadelphia offensive coordinator during three of Barwin’s years with the Eagles.
“Connor and I were together in Philadelphia,” Shurmur said. “Veteran player, edge player, so he could play the outside linebacker position, he could be involved in the pass rush when we get to our four-man rush. Very veteran guy and I think if you don’t know him, you’ll quickly get to see that he’s a true pro and we were fortunate he was available, and we felt like it was a smart move to add him to our roster.”
Barwin had 5 sacks last season, and the only current Giant with more was Olivier Vernon (6.5). He joins Kareem Martin and third-round pick Lorenzo Carter as potential outside linebackers opposite Vernon.