Barwin to Visit Bengals
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) – Former Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin is set to visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 13, 2017
Barwin was released by Philadelphia last week to create room under the salary cap, a move that freed up $7.75 million.
Barwin, 30, joined the Eagles via free agency in 2013 as a 3-4 linebacker and he became one of the team’s most productive and respected players, topping out with a 14 ½-sack season in 2014.
The move to the 4-3 under Jim Schwartz did not figure to suit Barwin and that played out last season as he was asked not only to switch positions but also turn into a weak-side pass rusher, instead of where he’s most comfortable, on the strong side.
Interestingly, however, Cincinnati also uses a 4-3 base defense under coordinator Paul Guenther.
Barwin finished 2016 with 34 tackles, five sacks, and one forced fumble and was graded No. 100 out 109 qualifying edge defenders by ProFootballFocus.com.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen