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Philadelphia Eagles Add Pass Rusher Connor Barwin

Thomas Campbell-USA Today Sports

In an ongoing effort to sign players from winning environments, the Philadelphia Eagles added to their defensive front seven by acquiring former Houston Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin.

Barwin agreed to a six-year, $36 million deal that can max out to $40 million if every incentive is reached. As it is well known, the Eagles are completely changing their defense to 3-4 scheme and Barwin tends to be a good fit as a highly needed pass rushing linebacker.

Barwin, 6 foot 4, 268 pounds, has a good chance to become the star of this new defense that will continue to work throughout 2013 to gain its identity and although Barwin only had 3 sacks this past season for the Texans, he is capable of recording double digit sacks, as was the case in 2011 when he totaled 11.5 sacks. Barwin is also still very young at age 26 as the Eagles look for the most part to change the culture of their team by acquiring more hungry youthful players who are willing to compete at high levels.

There is also a lot of familiarity in Philadelphia for Barwin, as he is reunited with former Texans teammate James Casey who signed on as a tight end slash H-back this week along with center Jason Kelce and tight end Brent Celek, whom Barwin played college football with at the University of Cincinnati. Philadelphia is quickly putting together new pieces for its defensive metamorphosis including nose tackle Issac Sopoaga, cornerbacks Patrick Chung and Cary Williams. While 2013 may be considered a rebuilding year, the Eagles’ improvement could be more sooner than later.