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.
Barwin fractured his arm in Week 12 against the Saints and has missed every game since. His full participation Wednesday indicates that he will be available Week 15, however, as he and the rest of the Rams' defense try to slow down the Cowboys. Barwin has four sacks so far this season.
Barwin will be sidelined for the second straight contest with the fractured left forearm, but despite the serious-sounding nature of his injury, the linebacker doesn't appear to be a shutdown candidate just yet. He was able to practice in a limited capacity Friday, offering optimism that he'll gain clearance to play at some point during the Rams' final three games of the regular season.
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||14||34||26.0||8||5||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|