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Addition of Connor Barwin adds depth, experience to Giants’ new 3-4 defense

This week, the Giants added veteran OLB/Edge Connor Barwin to their roster in an effort to bolster their migration from a 4-3 defensive alignment to a 3-4.

Barwin, 31, said in an interview earlier this month that he was looking to sign with a contender this year. He played last season for the Rams in Los Angeles on the same defense as another new Giant, MLB Alec Ogletree.

“We’ve had interest from a number of teams all offseason,” Barwin said during an appearance on SiriusXM. “I’m not going to go somewhere that I don’t think can win a Super Bowl.”

Barwin has 55.5 sacks in a career that began with four years in Houston followed by another four in Philadelphia, where he played for current Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern. His best seasons were 2011 (11.5 sacks) with the Texans and his Pro Bowl season of 2014, when he racked up 14.5 sacks for the Eagles.

Although he was rated next-to-last among 3-4 outside linebackers by Pro Football Focus last season, Barwin should be a perfect situational player in defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s pressure-laden defensive scheme.

The Giants have been in search of a pass rusher ever since trading Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay earlier this year. Pierre-Paul led the Giants last season with eight sacks.

Barwin will go a long way in helping the Giants not he field. His experience and career success will be instrumental in the development of some of their younger OLBs such as rookie Lorenzo Carter, Avery Moss and Romeo Okwara.

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