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Philadelphia Eagles release former Pro Bowl DE Connor Barwin

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Connor Barwin #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles encourages the fans to cheer against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Connor Barwin #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles encourages the fans to cheer against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles entered Thursday with almost no cap space to speak of. They were towards the bottom of the league in that regard, hindering them from going out and adding wide receiver help for Carson Wentz.

That changed Thursday morning when they announced the release of veteran pass rusher Connor Barwin, freeing up $7.75 million.

Roster Move: #Eagles release DE Connor Barwin. pic.twitter.com/tTiiAIUck7

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 9, 2017

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Eagles vice president of football operations, Howie Roseman, issued this statement regarding the news, praising Barwin and thanking him for his work the past four seasons.

Thank you, Connor.https://t.co/Fi0OU9tQOw pic.twitter.com/nwsvwuq3Ck

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 9, 2017

Since 2013, Barwin's first year with the Eagles, he's racked up 31.5 sacks and five forced fumbles, proving to be one of Philadelphia's top pass rushers, if not the very best.

He made one Pro Bowl with the Eagles in 2014 when he had 14.5 sacks, his best season in the NFL. He hasn't reached that number since, and with the Eagles moving to Jim Schwartz's Wide 9 defense, his fit was questionable at defensive end.