Barwin signed a six-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday evening, leaving the Texans as an unrestricted free agent. His deal with the Eagles is worth $36 million with a max of $40 million and $8 million in guarantees, according to NFL reporter Adam Caplan.
Barwin, 26, was offered a contract by the Texans before the start of last season after recording a team-high 11.5 sacks in 2011. After he and the Texans could not come to an agreement, he opted to play out the final year of his rookie deal. He had just 3.0 sacks in 2012, a stark drop-off, but did play 94 percent of the Texans’ defensive snaps, more than any other player in the front seven.
Reed, a second-round pick from Arizona, has started 23 games with 8.5 sacks in two seasons. He also has 5.0 sacks in four playoff games. The Texans have talked about possibly moving Reed to inside linebacker next to
Barwin is the third member of the Texans’ 2009 draft class to leave the team since free agency began on Tuesday. Fullback
The Texans hosted free agent safety Ed Reed, a nine-time Pro Bowler with the Baltimore Ravens, for a free agent visit on Thursday.