DE Connor Barwin signs six-year, $36 million deal with Eagles

In the past day or so, the speculation that Texans defensive end/linebacker Connor Barwin would land with the Eagles has become rampant. On Thursday evening, Barwin himself confirmed that he was leaving his Houston teammates with this tweet.

That tweet, though, has a double meaning. The members of Boyz II Men also are from Philadelphia -- which makes the tweet, if it was intentional, one of the year’s best thus far.

Either way, Barwin has to be happy. As CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports, his deal is for six years and worth $36 million (with the potential to be worth as much as $40 million).

Considering Barwin back-slid last year, that’s quite an amazing sum of money.

Barwin had a fantastic 2011, when he broke out with 11.5 sacks and seven defended passes. But he wasn’t nearly as good in 2012, when he accumulated just three sacks.

Now, he joins a Chip Kelly squad that already has beefed up its secondary by signing cornerback Cary Williams and safety Kenny Phillips and who already have Trent Cole and Brandon Graham as outside linebackers. But for that much money, you can expect Barwin to start somewhere.

(One other thought about Barwin’s tweet: He also could have gone with Boyz II Men’s, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” which I can’t listen to without reminiscing about slow dancing at dozens of bar mitzvahs when I was 13. But maybe that’s just me).

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