The Eagles have released defensive end Connor Barwin.
The move was expected. Barwin struggled in 2016, and the Eagles save $7.75 million in cap space by releasing him. The team had sought to trade him, but obviously there weren't any suitors for him on his current contract. Albert Breer reports that the 49ers had some interest in him in a trade.
The Eagles and Niners had some preliminary trade discussions about Connor Barwin, so San Francisco would make sense as one suitor.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 9, 2017
Barwin, signed in 2013 from the Houston Texans, was a Pro Bowler in 2014 when he led the Eagles with 14.5 sacks as a 3-4 linebacker. In 2016, he had just five sacks as a 4-3 defensive end. Though he remained a starter throughout 2016, his playing time decreased in the second half of the season.
The Eagles issued a statement on his release, thanking him for his service:
Barwin also released a statement:
With the release, the Eagles now have $13.4 million in salary cap space. More moves are expected, we'll keep you updated.