Earlier this week, linebacker Connor Barwin tweeted a picture of him signing a new contract. On Friday morning, Barwin was a guest on the 94 WIP Morning Show. He explained that the Eagles approached him about the contract restructure and that there was no negotiation. The Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro linebacker hopes that this will help allow him to finish his career with the team.
"The restructuring that just happened a few days ago made me a little bit more secure. My plan is to be here until I'm done playing football. I love living in this city. Hopefully, it all works out," Barwin said.
Linebacker Connor Barwin had himself a breakout 2014, stuffed with multi-sack games and general domination ...
Barwin recently returned from a volunteer trip to Haiti with NRG Energy where he helped install solar panels at a maternity hospital and at an orphanage. With limited access to Wi-Fi, Barwin was only able to check in on the team's free agency moves at certain times of the day. The Eagles were one of the busiest teams re-signing a pair of players in Brandon Graham and Mark Sanchez and acquiring six new players. Barwin looks at one defensive position in particular as "drastically improved" after the changes.
"I mean without a doubt, we drastically improved at the inside linebacker position with adding Kiko (Alonso), with adding Brad Jones. Najee (Goode) will be good. DeMeco (Ryans) will be back and (Mychal) Kendricks. That's as good as any inside group in the entire NFL, without a doubt," Barwin said.
Barwin has made Philadelphia his home in the offseason and is still a regular at the NovaCare Complex. He confirmed on the 94WIP Morning Show that his Make The World Better Foundation will host another charity benefit concert in late June. Upon signing with the Eagles in 2013, Barwin said that he felt that he was at the point in his life where he wanted to take a leadership role in the community.
"You get out of a city what you put into a city," said Barwin, who is also an avid user of SEPTA, Philadelphia's public transportation system. "It's that simple. Why not take advantage of everything a city has to offer? It just makes sense to me ... My dad was a city manager (in Detroit), so I gained an appreciation for cities from him. He took me around different cities and pointed out all the differences and great places to go. I really got that from him and just try to embrace wherever I am."