Former Eagles OLB Barwin fully understands why he was released

Former Eagles OLB Barwin fully understands why he was released

After signing with the Rams, former Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin had only nice things to say about the team, fully understanding that the issue of money led to where he is now.

“What people don’t understand, I signed a six-year, $36 million dollar deal that was back loaded with 18 million in the last two years,”Barwin told on SportsRadio 94 WIP Tuesday. “So I knew, whether I was getting 10 sacks a year or five sacks, we were going to restructure at year five. That’s really what I was eluding to when I would say I would take a pay cut.

“Obviously my agent met with Howie and his staff at the combine and they were looking at a very drastic pay cut, and so we decided to go our separate ways.”

After making the decision, the Eagles saved $7.75 million in cap space. Barwin ended up with a one-year, $6.75 million deal last Thursday, much better than his would-be pay cut had he stayed with Philly.

“Howie (Roseman) was great,” he added. “He obviously took as long as he could to try to work out a trade and get some value for me. Then he did the right thing to release me the day before free-agency started and allowed me to continue my career.”