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Connor Barwin Contract: Texans Negotiating With Agent, According To Report

Free agent-to-be Connor Barwin is hoping his 11 1/2-sack season leads to a contract extension with the Houston Texans.

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)
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)
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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.

The blog also looks at the pending free agency of quarterback Matt Schaub and left tackle Duane Brown, who the Texans are also trying to lock up before the season starts.

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