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Eagles cut Connor Barwin to save $7.75 million in cap space

Eagles cut Connor Barwin to save $7.75 million in cap space

Connor Barwin's time in Philadelphia has come to an end. 

The Eagles on Thursday released the veteran defensive end and former Pro Bowler. It's a move that will save the team considerable cap space. 

Coming into Thursday morning, the Eagles had just $6,186,518 in cap space, so they more than doubled their space with the move. 

With two years left on his deal, Barwin was scheduled to have an $8.35 million cap hit in 2017. This move will save the Eagles most of that: $7.75 million. The Eagles will have to absorb just $600,000 in dead money from the move. The Eagles have around $13.4 million in space after the move. 

Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman released the following statement: 

"Connor Barwin is a tremendous teammate, player and an even better person. He represented the Philadelphia Eagles with class and integrity for the past four seasons and we appreciate his efforts both on and off the field. It’s rare to come across a player who invests so much of himself in the locker room, as a leader on the field, and with his relentless work ethic. His work in the community will have a lasting impact on our city that we can all be very proud of. Obviously, this was a difficult decision for us, but we wish him and his family all the best. On behalf of all of us, we just wanted to say thank you and we all hope that our paths cross again in the future."

Financially, this move makes plenty of sense, but it was still probably pretty difficult for the Eagles. Aside from being a consummate pro in the locker room and on the field, Barwin's extensive charity work through his organization, Make the World Better Foundation, did great things in the city.

Barwin released a heartfelt thank you on Instagram

Barwin, 30, will move on after his production dropped in 2016 with the Eagles' switch from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3. Barwin went from an outside linebacker to a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end. 

After racking up 14 1/2 sacks in his Pro Bowl 2014 season, Barwin had seven in 2015 and five in 2016. The Eagles signed Barwin as a free agent from the Houston Texans before the 2013 season. He spent four years in Philadelphia. 

Shortly after the offseason began, Barwin said publicly that he would be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Philadelphia. That didn’t happen. 

While trying to explain his lack of production in 2016, Barwin said he moved from the left side to the right after Vinny Curry signed his big extension. Then, when Brandon Graham outplayed Curry in training camp, he took over on the left. Being on the right, for Barwin, meant going up against left tackles throughout the season. 

"Well, I think there were a couple games I'd want back that I didn't play as good as I think I could have played," Barwin said in December when asked to evaluate his play. "And I would probably say that for about every year I've ever played in my career. There's always one or two games you'd want back.

"But the season as a whole, I think I've improved as the season's gone on, I've done my job for the most part, and I'm excited to see what I can do in Year 2 in this system."

He won't get the chance to play a second year in this system. Instead, Barwin is moving on. 

Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Another of the most qualified remaining candidates for the Eagles’ offensive coordinator vacancy is off the board.

Jay Gruden, recently fired after six mediocre years as the Redskins’ head coach, is close to joining the Jaguars to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Assuming the deal is completed, Gruden will become the Jaguars’ third offensive coordinator in three years. He replaces former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, fired last week after just one year in Jacksonville. DeFilippo replaced Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired and spent this past year in the same position with the Packers. DeFilippo was recently hired by Matt Nagy as QBs coach of the Bears.

Ten teams were in the market for an offensive coordinator when the regular season ended.

Of those 10, the Eagles are one of only two still hanging a "Help Wanted" sign on their front door. 

The other is the Vikings, whose offensive coordinator this past year, Kevin Stefanski, was named last week as head coach of the Browns.

Gruden, whose older brother John was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Ray Rhodes from 1995 through 1997 and is now head coach of the Raiders, spent 2011 through 2013 as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator before replacing Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Redskins in 2014.

His teams went 38-57 in six years and reached the playoffs only once, losing a wild-card game to the Packers in 2015.

In Jacksonville, Gruden will presumably be working with 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who was the Jaguars’ opening-day quarterback this past year but was hurt much of the season and then benched later in the year for rookie Gardner Minshew.

It’s not known whether the Eagles had any formal interest in Gruden, but he was certainly one of the most intriguing remaining candidates for the opening.

The Eagles fired Mike Groh 12 days ago after two years as offensive coordinator one day after head coach Doug Pederson said both would remain on his staff.

Among the candidates the Eagles have been linked with who are now expected to remain in their current position are Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, Ravens QBs coach James Urban (who spent three years as Bengals WRs coach under Jay Gruden) and USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Other qualified candidates who are off the board include Chan Gailey, hired as Dolphins offensive coordinator; LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who was hired by the Panthers; Joe Moorhead, who was hired Tuesday as Oregon’s offensive coordinator; and former Eagles offensive coordinator and recently fired Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired as OC of the Broncos.

Earlier Tuesday, we outlined some of the top remaining candidates, including current Eagles position coaches Duce Staley and Press Taylor.

The Eagles also remain without a wide receivers coach, a secondary coach and a defensive line coach. The team fired receivers coach Carson Walch and d-line coach Phillip Daniels, and secondary coach Cory Undlin accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Lions.

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Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

The blueprint for the 2020 NFL Draft venue has been revealed and it's just what you would expect it to be in Las Vegas.

The draft has become quite a production in recent years, but this has to top all previous attempts if it's executed the way they're saying.

Reportedly, players will be transported to the stage by a boat. Which could be an epic moment for the draftees ... but could also add a significant amount of time to the already long night of events.

The red carpet stage has a more traditional look when it comes to a draft setting, but since it's Vegas, it's go big or go home.

There are currently mixed opinions about it all, but here are some of the funniest:

 

 

 


The draft will be held from April 23-25 where the Eagles currently hold the 21st overall pick.

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