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Reward for Barwin

Eagles tweak his contract for more guaranteed money

CONNOR BARWIN, Eagles outside linebacker and booster of public transportation, clearly is one of the team's best acquisitions of recent years. He led the Eagles and made the Pro Bowl with 14 1/2 sacks in 2014.

The Eagles acknowledged that success yesterday by tweaking Barwin's contract, league sources confirmed. Usually in a restructuring, the team gets more cap room - the Eagles are down to around $7 million in free space, a little more than a week into free agency - but in this case, apparently, there was no benefit to the team.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that Barwin's entire $6.4 million 2015 salary is now guaranteed; before, just the $5.9 million base was. The team also guaranteed half of Barwin's $6 million base in 2016. The contract, signed in 2013, runs through 2018, and will pay Barwin, 28, somewhere between $36 million and $40 million, depending on incentives.

There was no statement from the team, but the Eagles might have felt the need to do something reassuring for a loyal veteran after trading LeSean McCoy and releasing the two longest-tenured Birds, Todd Herremans and Trent Cole, with time left on their contracts.

The Eagles also restructured special-teams star Bryan Braman's contract this week, extending him by a year but cutting this year's number from $1.2 million to $745,000.

- Les Bowen