Eagles cut Connor Barwin to save $7.75 million in cap space

Eagles cut Connor Barwin to save $7.75 million in cap space

Connor Barwin's time in Philadelphia has come to an end. 

The Eagles on Thursday released the veteran defensive end and former Pro Bowler. It's a move that will save the team considerable cap space. 

Coming into Thursday morning, the Eagles had just $6,186,518 in cap space, so they more than doubled their space with the move. 

With two years left on his deal, Barwin was scheduled to have an $8.35 million cap hit in 2017. This move will save the Eagles most of that: $7.75 million. The Eagles will have to absorb just $600,000 in dead money from the move. The Eagles have around $13.4 million in space after the move. 

Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman released the following statement: 

"Connor Barwin is a tremendous teammate, player and an even better person. He represented the Philadelphia Eagles with class and integrity for the past four seasons and we appreciate his efforts both on and off the field. It’s rare to come across a player who invests so much of himself in the locker room, as a leader on the field, and with his relentless work ethic. His work in the community will have a lasting impact on our city that we can all be very proud of. Obviously, this was a difficult decision for us, but we wish him and his family all the best. On behalf of all of us, we just wanted to say thank you and we all hope that our paths cross again in the future."

Financially, this move makes plenty of sense, but it was still probably pretty difficult for the Eagles. Aside from being a consummate pro in the locker room and on the field, Barwin's extensive charity work through his organization, Make the World Better Foundation, did great things in the city.

Barwin released a heartfelt thank you on Instagram

Barwin, 30, will move on after his production dropped in 2016 with the Eagles' switch from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3. Barwin went from an outside linebacker to a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end. 

After racking up 14 1/2 sacks in his Pro Bowl 2014 season, Barwin had seven in 2015 and five in 2016. The Eagles signed Barwin as a free agent from the Houston Texans before the 2013 season. He spent four years in Philadelphia. 

Shortly after the offseason began, Barwin said publicly that he would be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Philadelphia. That didn’t happen. 

While trying to explain his lack of production in 2016, Barwin said he moved from the left side to the right after Vinny Curry signed his big extension. Then, when Brandon Graham outplayed Curry in training camp, he took over on the left. Being on the right, for Barwin, meant going up against left tackles throughout the season. 

"Well, I think there were a couple games I'd want back that I didn't play as good as I think I could have played," Barwin said in December when asked to evaluate his play. "And I would probably say that for about every year I've ever played in my career. There's always one or two games you'd want back.

"But the season as a whole, I think I've improved as the season's gone on, I've done my job for the most part, and I'm excited to see what I can do in Year 2 in this system."

He won't get the chance to play a second year in this system. Instead, Barwin is moving on. 

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

As the annual NFL meetings get set to kick off next week, the Eagles originally proposed four playing rule changes and a resolution that could have eventually led to bringing back Kelly green uniforms as an alternate option. 

But after getting feedback from the NFL's competition committee, the Eagles are withdrawing all but one proposal, according to league sources. 

The only one left would prohibit players from leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicking plays. For now, players are allowed to leap line as long as they don't make contact. That proposal, which the NFLPA has previously supported, seems likely to pass. 

That means the other three playing rule changes and the proposal to allow teams to wear helmets that would match their alternative jerseys won't be specifically discussed. 

Translation: No Kelly green jerseys yet. 

Among the 15 proposed playing rule changes the league released on Friday, teams were responsible for seven of them and the Eagles accounted for four of the seven. 

Just because a specific proposal won't be directly discussed, it doesn't mean that topic won't be discussed by the committee in Phoenix during next week's annual league meetings. 

For instance, one of the Eagles' proposals would alter the current replay system. While the Eagles' individual proposal won't be discussed, replay will be a topic of discussion during the meetings.

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.

The Bears announced the one-year contract Friday. Chicago is coming off a season in which it went 3-13 and finished last in the NFC North.

The Bears cut quarterback Jay Cutler this month after eight seasons and the next day signed Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a three-year deal.

Sanchez played in two games last season with the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for 93 yards on 10 of 18 attempts. He spent five of his eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets before going to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The former Southern California star has appeared in six playoff games. He was selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft.

Redskins: WR Brian Quick signs
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins have signed former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick.

The team announced the deal Friday morning after agent Patrick Dye posted a photo of Quick signing his contract on SportsTrust Advisors' verified Twitter account.

The signing adds depth to the Redskins' receiving corps after they lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency.

Quick, 27, is 6-foot-5 and gives Washington another tall option along with recently signed receiver Terrelle Pryor. Quick had 41 catches for 564 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Rams.

The 33rd pick in the 2012 draft, Quick has 105 catches for 1,499 yards and 10 touchdowns in 67 games over five seasons with the Rams. He missed part of the 2014 season with a shoulder injury.

Panthers: Jonathan Stewart signs extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says the 30-year-old Stewart "is still playing at a very high level."

Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

Gettleman isn't worried about Stewart's durability, even though the team's former first-round draft pick has not played in a full 16-game season since 2011 and has missed 24 games the past five seasons with injuries.

Stewart, entering his 10th season, is Carolina's second all-time leading rusher with 6,638 yards and has scored 45 touchdowns rushing and six receivin

Colts: release veteran DT Arthur Jones
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts released defensive tackle Arthur Jones on Friday.

A six-year veteran, Jones was scheduled to cost the team $7.35 million next season. Indianapolis will save $5 million under the salary cap with the move.

Jones did his best work while with Baltimore from 2010-14. He then signed a five-year contract for a total value of $33 million with the Colts, but struggled in Indy. He appeared in 17 games and managed only 1 1-2 sacks and 53 tackles for the Colts.

He was plagued by a series of injuries and also served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.

Jones, 30, did not play in 2015 because of an ankle injury. He played in eight games last season, with 15 tackles.