Connor Barwin has been without a team as the New York Giants cut him loose after the 2018 season. But the veteran pass rusher is holding out hope that another NFC East team will come this autumn, calling.
Barwin informed Heavy.com this week that he hopes to play Philadelphia during the 2019 campaign — if Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and company will get him back.
“I am trying to return and play for the Eagles,” Barwin said this week. “I am training at the moment and I’ve spoke to Howie and they are likely to determine if they need any thickness on the border and so I’m going to wait till camp begins before I sign anywhere else, but clearly I am not going to wait overly long. But the Eagles know that is where I wish to be.”
If he was signed by the Eagles before the 2019 season, barwin are in company. The 11-year veteran spent four years with Philadelphia from 2013 through 2016, his final year the first of this Doug Pederson-Carson Wentz regime. Barwin set up his best numbers while sporting midnight green, most notably when he awakened a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2014, his lone Pro Bowl season.
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He does not expect to be the star, if Barwin is to sign up for the Eagles. Rather, he would be happy to play a supporting role, as he did with the Los Angeles Rams and Giants over the past couple of years.
“I am going in my 11th year and I’m ready to just be a situational player. Howie knows. I will be there if one of those three men (Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry or Derek Barnett) get hurt or when something happens, or to mentor the younger guys,” Barwin added. “You understand, Philly’s situation is BG, Vinny, and DB — three great guys on the border — and I’d come in to encourage those men. If I do not play in Philly, it would be the exact same scenario somewhere else. Be the next advantage guy.”
The veteran and New York played last year. Philly has more than enough cap room to accomodate this kind of addition.
Barwin added that he’s been in contact with other teams and if he doesn’t sign with Philly, which is obviously his preference, he’ll only sign with a Super Bowl contender.
“I’d love for it to be in Philly,” Barwin said. “Me and Howie are speaking. I might wait a week into camp, but that’s about as far as I’m going to wait. Other teams are going to be like,’You sign now or we are going to sign somebody else.’ Otherwise, I will attempt to go to another competitor. I’d love for it to be in a good situation where I can contribute.”
Meanwhile, Barwin advised Heavy.com that he is training with Eagles centre Jason Kelce from the Philly area.
The advantage rusher is coming off an unproductive period in East Rutherford. Barwin began three of 15 matches played Big Blue, totaling a career-low one sack and four QB hits on 277 defensive snaps. Barwin is looking to rejuvenate his career as it winds down by latching onto a familiar culture.
“It would be good to be a part of the Eagles since I think that they are going to be good,” Barwin said. “I suggest you never know from year to year, but obviously for me they are high on my list because then I would not have to proceed, and they won the Super Bowl 2 decades back and have been within one win of an NFC Championship this past year. A good deal of that heart is still there.”
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