New York Giants sign veteran linebacker Connor Barwin
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants added a major pass rusher on the opening day of training camp, signing veteran linebacker Connor Barwin.
The Giants announced the move Wednesday as veterans reported to training camp at the team’s headquarters adjacent to MetLife Stadium.
While terms were not disclosed, the deal was believed to be worth $5 million over two years.
Barwin has played in 127 regular-season games with 109 starts for Houston, Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Rams. The 2014 Pro Bowler has also started six playoff games.
His career totals include 449 tackles, 55 1/2 sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 42 passes defensed, and one interception. His career sacks total is the highest among current Giants, surpassing Olivier Vernon’s 44. Barwin had five sacks in 14 games last season.
Barwin is the second linebacker to join the Giants after playing last season for the Rams; inside backer Alec Ogletree was acquired in a trade on March 14.
To create room on the roster, the Giants waived tight end Kyle Carter.
“Connor and I were together in Philadelphia,” said coach Pat Shurmur, who has taken over a team that won three games last season. “Veteran player, edge player, so he could play the outside linebacker position, he could be involved in the pass rush when we get to our four-man rush. Very veteran guy and I think if you don’t know him, you’ll quickly get to see that he’s a true pro and we were fortunate he was available.”
The Giants also signed defensive tackle Izaah Lunsford, who spent last season on the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad, and waived punter Taylor Symmank.
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