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New York Giants bolster pass rush, sign outside linebacker Connor Barwin

The New York Giants have signed veteran outside linebacker Connor Barwin to a deal, ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported.

Barwin confirmed the deal on his own Twitter account as well. Details of the contract were not immediately available.

Barwin has 55.5 career sacks

Barwin, 31, broke into the league with the Texans as a second-round pick in 2009. He immediately made an impact in Houston, playing in all 16 games and registering 4.5 sacks. He landed on injured reserve after a brutal lower-body injury in the 2010 season opener.

Barwin came back in 2011 better than ever and recorded a then-career-high 11.5 sacks. He added another three sacks in 2012 before moving to the Eagles in 2013.

Barwin thrived in Philadelphia, posting 31.5 sacks in four seasons, including 14.5 in his 2014 Pro Bowl year. Last year, Barwin registered five sacks with the Los Angeles Rams and missed two games with a broken bone in his arm.

As Raanan notes, Barwin’s transition to New York should be eased by the presence of linebackers coach Bill McGovern, who worked with outside linebackers in Philadelphia from 2013-2015.

The Giants need pass rush help

Earlier this offseason New York sent Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay, a move that caught many by surprise. With Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson as massive space eaters up front, Olivier Vernon as a disruptive force on one end and newly-acquired Alex Ogletree in the middle of the linebacking corps, Barwin should have free rein to attack quarterbacks off the edge in New York’s new 3-4 scheme. The Giants also took Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter in the third round of this year’s NFL draft.

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Connor Barwin is reunited with his old position coach in New York. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)