The transition from the long-time 4-3 defensive system used during the Andy Reid era to new head coach Chip Kelly’s 3-4 scheme is underway in Philadelphia.
The Eagles continued to stay busy during the third day of the free agency period and now have another linebacker to add to their roster. Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Philadelphia and free agent linebacker Connor Barwin have come to terms on a six-year deal worth $36 million. La Canfora goes on to state that the contract has a maximum value of $40 million if all incentives are met.
The Barwin addition adds to an impressive offseason haul for the Eagles, who have acquired multiple defenders over the past few days including safeties Patrick Chung and Kenny Phillips, cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams, linebacker Jason Phillips and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga.
A four-year veteran out of Cincinnati, Barwin busted loose in Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ system in 2011, recording a career-high 47 tackles and 11.5 sacks. But 2012 raised some eyebrows for potential suitors when Barwin’s sack total dropped to 3.0 despite making the same number of starts.
In Philadelphia, Barwin will look to regain the form that made him one of the league’s top up-and-coming defenders in 2011.
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