We had discussed the possibility of the Green Bay Packers adding some depth to their pass rush by signing veteran linebacker Connor Barwin.
Barwin himself said he was only interested in playing for a contender.
Well, that was a lie and a signing with the Packers will not come to pass.
Barwin is reportedly signing with the New York Giants.
Barwin had five sacks for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017. Not huge numbers, but good enough numbers to be a backup with the Packers, who have not really addressed their edge rush at all this offseason.
The lone addition was seventh-round pick Kendall Donnerson, who played at Southeast Missouri State. Even Clay Matthews openly complained about the lack of outside linebacker depth.
So it looks like the Packers will be looking for improvement from the likes of Vince Biegel, Kyler Fackrell and Reggie Gilbert. And surely more likely, they’ll be relying on their pass rush to come from a defensive line of Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark and Muhammad Wilkerson.
So when the oft-injured Nick Perry and Matthews inevitably go down at some point this season, someone is going to get trial by fire.
Fackrell, who hasn’t done much of anything, is in his third year. Biegel is in his second, put missed a large portion of his first. Gilbert is a former undrafted practice squad guy.