ATLANTA — Connor Barwin’s first season with the Giants will be his only season with the Giants. He had little impact in 2018, which is why he will be officially released in the coming days.
Barwin, 32, on Tuesday said his goodbye on Instagram, writing, “The journey continues … thankful for it all!’’ He included the hashtag, “New York Football Giants,” and posted a picture of a white No. 53 Barwin Giants jersey filled with autographs of players who will soon be his former teammates.
This parting of the ways comes as no surprise. Barwin, a 10-year veteran, signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract mostly to serve as a pass-rusher from an outside-linebacker position. He did not fill that role successfully. Barwin played in 15 games, starting three times, and finished with one sack and 12 total tackles. There were long stretches when he was not used at all. He was helpful in showing the ropes to Lorenzo Carter, the rookie linebacker from Georgia.
Barwin was due to make $1.25 million in 2019. That salary will soon be off the books for the Giants, but they will take a hit of $365,000 in dead money in 2019.
Barwin previously played for the Texans, Eagles and Rams.