Connor Barwin, who played linebacker for the New York Giants in 2018, has announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.
On Monday, Connor Barwin publicized his decision to walk away from the game. Barwin announced the news via his Instagram account. He played for the Houston Texans from 2009-12, the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013-16, the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and then the Giants in 2018.
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Tomorrow I turn 33 and after a decade of playing the greatest sport there is, I’m excited to say I’m moving on to the next chapter of my life. To my coaches, teammates, fans, and family – thank you all! It was a honor to compete on Sundays for the last ten years. Houston, Philadelphia, LA, and New York – couldn’t have dreamed of a better journey. Thank you for the good times and all the support! ✌🏼98
The Texans drafted Barwin in the second round (No. 46 overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Cincinnati. His best season was with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 when he was selected to the Pro Bowl and was a Second-team All-Pro. In that year, he racked up 64 combined tackles with 15 tackles-for-loss, 14.5 sacks, 21 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, and five passes defended.
In his lone season with the Giants, Barwin racked up just 12 combined tackles with one tackle-for-loss, one sack, four quarterback hits, and four passes defended. He did this through 15 games (three starts).
Barwin originally signed a two-year deal worth up to $5 million in July of 2018. He wouldn’t end up playing out that entire contract, however. Big Blue released him in February of this year. The veteran hadn’t signed a deal with any other team up to this point.
The Giants are currently depleted at the linebacking corps for the most part. They’ve suffered injuries to Tae Davis, Ryan Connelly, and Kareem Martin. Connelly is out for the season with a torn ACL suffered in a Week 4 win over Washington.