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Giants release LB Connor Barwin

Connor Barwin
New York Giants linebacker Connor Barwin (53) during a week 17 NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday December 30, 2018 in East Rutherford, NJ. (Evan Pinkus via AP)

The Giants today terminated the contract of veteran linebacker Connor Barwin, who appeared in 15 games in his first and only season with the team.

Barwin signed with the Giants on July 25 at the start of training camp, embarking on his 10th NFL season with his fourth club. He made three starts, broke up four passes, and recorded one sack at Carolina in Week 5, bringing his career total to 56.5 in 142 games. His career sack total was the highest among current Giants players, surpassing Olivier Vernon's 51.0.

Barwin was the second linebacker to join the Giants last offseason after playing the previous year for the Rams; Alec Ogletree was acquired in a trade last March. Barwin played one season for the Rams after four with the Giants' NFC East rival Eagles. During the first three of those seasons, Giants coach Pat Shurmur was the Eagles' offensive coordinator. Barwin entered the NFL as a second-round draft choice by the Texans (46th overall) in 2009 from the University of Cincinnati.