Following the unexpected retirement of linebacker Zach Orr, the Baltimore Ravens are looking elsewhere to fill their roster out with another pass rusher.
Apparently their answer may be just up I-95.
The Philadelphia Eagles perhaps are looking to part ways with veteran linebacker Connor Barwin since their defense has switched to a 4-3 scheme. One of the teams looking at Barwin, is none other than the Ravens.
As an eight-year veteran, Barwin has split his time with both the Eagles and the Houston Texans. In his career he has 240 total tackles and 49.5 sacks and was consistently getting over 40 a season until he was moved to defensive end last year when Philadelphia switched defensive fronts. In 2016 he only recorded 20 tackles.
Changing schemes under new head coach Doug Pederson, and a contract worth $17 million over the next two seasons, has led to Barwin not having the output the Eagles are paying him. If the Eagles are open to a trade, it will be hard to gauge what the Ravens will be willing to give up for him. Along with Baltimore, the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers are interested in the former second round draft pick.
With Elvis Dumervil's and Terrell Suggs combining to make over $10 million next season, it will be hard to find space for another expensive linebacker. It would be more likely for the Ravens to pick up Barwin, if the Eagles were to release the 30-year-old.
The loss of Orr means that the team is losing 89 tackles from the interior of the defense that he recorded last season. Unless the team finds another linebacker before the draft, it may become a necessary pick up in the draft.