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  • Removing the First Brick



    Things were looking up for Jason Babin last year. He had just come off of his first Pro Bowl selection with the Tennessee Titans in 2010; signed a nice, shiny, new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, after becoming a free agent, worth approximately $28M over the course of five years (with about $6M in guarantees); proceeded to flourish in 2011 with the Eagles while racking up 18 sacks, earning him not only another Pro Bowl selection, but an All-Pro selection as well. Yes, things were looking quite peachy for Jason Babin at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

    And then 2012 came around. Oh boy.

    In a season where everything was destined to go wrong for the Philadelphia Eagles, there was nobody capable of escaping the grasp of the ominous shadow looming over the team. This includes one Mr. Babin, who now finds himself unemployed after just a year and a half with the Eagles through no fault of his own. Babin had accumulated six sacks, ten hits, and twenty hurries on opposing quarterbacks so far this season, and was rated at the time of this article being published by Pro Football Focus as the #22 4-3 defensive end in the NFL this season.

    Nevertheless, Babin is now on waivers and could be scooped up by a possible Playoffs contender in need of a pass-rusher. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one team that comes to mind, as pairing Babin with Michael Bennett (Pro Football Focus's #11 4-3 DE) would give the team a very formidable pair of bookends. If he gets past the Buccaneers, it's hard to imagine the New England Patriots wouldn't be interested. Especially considering they just lost Jermaine Cunningham to a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL Substance Abuse Policy.

    No matter where Babin ends up, this move clearly illustrates the writing on the wall within the Eagles' organization. Babin is simply the first domino to fall. There will be many more, almost assuredly including head coach Andy Reid and 100-Million Dollar Man Michael Vick, and probably several other players like Babin who symbolize the moves and mess created by the current regime. It does seem just a bit too late to fire Babin though, considering that he and the rest of the Eagles already quit a long time ago.

    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Amy's Avatar
      I'd love to see Babin as a Pat! As for Cunningham, while I still think adderol suspensions are iffy, I'm glad he's not fighting it, taking the 4 games now, so he'll be back for the playoffs. I can easily see Seattle's CBs dragging out for a couple weeks, then they'd still be out on wildcard weekend. If the Seahawks make it that far.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Another reason why you should only look at the guaranteed money when a player signs a gaudy contract.

      Babin signed a five-year, $27.725 million deal. But only $6 million was guaranteed. PFT says a full $16 million will go uncollected.
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      Bummer he's not a 3-4 OLB, or else GB might take a run at him to help our pass rush.
    1. Curtis's Avatar
      Good Riddance to the lazy bum. When the fans boo the team for sucking, he has the gall to give us the definition of loyalty. He's not a leader, he's ineffective as a pass rusher and he is a smug, self promoting tool.
      So long Blabin, maybe you can set up a stand by the Platt bridge and sell your tshirts on your way out of town.
    1. mkocs6's Avatar
      Eight teams put in a claim for Babin, but he was awarded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. I figured a team with a bad record and cap room would scoop up a player like that with an agreeable salary situation.
    1. Curtis's Avatar
      Jackass Blabin has been picked up by Jax where he can enjoy the rest of his journeyman career. Hoorah!! According to the Eagles, Babin's release was a front office decision not Andy's. They released him because "he was a me guy". They got it right. Now he can sell his yoga pants to the retired communities.