The Giants are expected to sign veteran outside linebacker Connor Barwin, per source. Adds much-needed depth at the position and a quality veteran presence. Also has a strong relationship with LB coach Bill McGovern from their time together in Philadelphia.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 23, 2018
Barwin signed a one-year $3.5 million dollar deal with the Rams in 2017. Barwin played under Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips with the Houston Texans, so the familiarity and transition into a 3-4 defense made a lot of sense. Both sides elected to move on this offseason as the Rams saw promise in their youth prospects at the OLB position in Samson Ebukam and Matt Longacre.
Barwin registered 34 tackles and five sacks with the Rams in 2017, ultimately missing two games by way of a forearm injury. His void ensures the Rams saw enough from their young pass-rushers to be comfortable moving into the season.
Barwin re-joins former Rams ILB Alec Ogletree, who the Giants acquired in a trade with the Rams just a few months prior, and CB Janoris Jenkins who signed with the Giants in the 2016 free agency period.
UPDATE: Barwin has officially signed with the Giants: