The signing Thursday evening of former Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin capped a hectic afternoon of signings for the Eagles, and might have marked their final significant foray into 2013 free agency.
General manager Howie Roseman talked to reporters minutes after Barwin became the team's eighth free agent signee, seven of them on defense. (Tight end James Casey, also from the Texans, is the lone exception). A source close to the situation said Barwin, 26, 6-4, 268, is guaranteed $8 million for the first two years. If he's here three years, he gets $13.5 million, $36 million if he plays the entire six-year contract.
"You're talking about a guy who has dropped in coverage, he'll set the edge and he's able to play standing up (in a 3-4) or with his hand down. "This is a guy who plays with his hair on fire. He has the characteristics we look for in a defensive player."
Barwin had 11.5 sacks in 2011, only 3 last season. Roseman said the Texans used him differently, accounting for much of the difference.