On March 9th, the Philadelphia Eagles made a move that many around the NFL expected, cutting veteran pass-rusher Connor Barwin. The 30-year-old Barwin was set to make over $8 million in 2017, a price tag that Philly was unwilling to pay considering that they could get out from under his contract with minimal dead money.
Many who cover the Green Bay Packers, including us at Acme Packing Company, speculated that Barwin could be a good fit for the Green and Gold, given his familiarity and production in 3-4 defensive schemes. Adding to his desirability over the last week is the fact that the Packers lost a pair of pass-rushers in free agency, with Julius Peppers heading back to the Carolina Panthers and Datone Jones moving west to sign with the Vikings.
Unfortunately for those who were still holding out some hope for Barwin in Green Bay, he is off the market as of Thursday evening. Barwin has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams, taking arguably the top remaining free agent edge rusher off the list.
With Barwin now signed, there are only a handful of remaining edge rushers on the market who could qualify as solid mid-level or depth signings. Former Lion Devin Taylor is near the top of that list, along with veterans Elvis Dumervil and Dwight Freeney.