HOUSTON - JULY 30: Defensive ends Antonion Smith #98 and Connor Barwin #98 talk during the team's first NFL training camp practice of the season at Reliant Park on July 30 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Free agent-to-be Connor Barwin is hoping his 11 1/2-sack season leads to a contract extension with the Houston Texans.
Last year, Connor Barwin chose a great time to have his best season, and the Houston Texans don't want the outside linebacker to hit free agency, according to a report from John McClain at the Houston Chronicle. Barwin said after practice Tuesday the team and his agent were discussing a contract extension.
"Conversations have started again," Barwin said. "Hopefully, something gets done by the start of the season, but if it doesn’t – my position, and, I think, their position – is that we’ll be okay."
Barwin led the team with 11 1/2 sacks last season, but SB Nation's Texans blog Battle Red Blog wonders if Barwin is worth a big extension. 2011 has been Barwin's only notable season to date, and the linebacker picked up four of those sacks against Blaine Gabbert and the Jacksonville Jaguars, showing he wasn't a necessarily a consistent threat throughout the campaign.
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