Barwin will miss Friday's preseason game against the Lions due to an injury.
The nature of Barwin's injury has yet to be revealed by the club, but the veteran linebacker will take a night off to rest it. When he retakes the field, Barwin is expected to serve as a pass-rush specialist again in 2018 and is a candidate to start opposite Olivier Vernon.
Barwin is signing with the Giants, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
This addition makes an awful lot of sense for a New York team in transition to a 3-4 base defense, considering Barwin played under Wade Phillips in Los Angeles last season and also spent time in 3-4 schemes during stints with the Eagles and Texans. Working on a streak of five consecutive seasons with at least 34 tackles and five sacks, the 31-year-old linebacker figures to enter the mix for a starting job opposite Olivier Vernon. Barwin should have a good chance to beat out Kareem Martin and Lorenzo Carter, though an every-down role is probably out of the question.
Barwin is scheduled to visit with the Cardinals this week, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
A 2009 second-round pick, Barwin has ample experience working as both a 3-4 outside linebacker and a 4-3 defensive end, with five or more sacks in each of the last five seasons. He had 11.5 sacks for the Texans in 2011 and 14.5 for the Eagles in 2014, accounting for 47.7 percent of his total (54.5) through 126 career games. The 31-year-old had 34 tackles and five sacks in 14 games for the Rams last season while primarily operating as a 3-4 OLB. He'd likely spend more time with his hand in the dirt if he were to sign with a Cardinals team that's transititioning to more 4-3 looks under new head coach Steve Wilks.
Barwin is set to become a free agent after recording 34 tackles (26 solo) and five sacks during the 2017 campaign.
The veteran edge rusher primarily slotted in as an outside linebacker in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defensive scheme and had a respectable showing. Barwin could return to the Rams because of his familiarity with the organization and the success of defense as a whole. However, Los Angeles wasn't an ideal setup for Barwin's virtual value, so it might take a change of scenery for him to show statistical improvement. His fantasy outlook will remain up in the air until he signs a deal.
Barwin recorded five tackles (four solo) and one sack Sunday against the Seahawks.
Barwin now has five sacks through 12 games this season. His inconsistency is troubling, though, since he had just six tackles in the five games before Sunday's outing, making him a risky play in the championship week ahead.
|P3||8/24/18||@ NYJ||7:30 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ DAL||8:20 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/18||@ ATL||8:15 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/18||@ SF||8:15 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||14||34||26.0||8||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||New York Giants||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||14||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2018||New York Giants||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|