Jason Babin was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday. The Jacksonville Jaguars wasted no time in claiming him. Babin was a Jaguar by late Wednesday.
Reportedly, the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins placed claims on Babin as well. The Jaguars’ waiver wire priority gave them first-option on the former Eagle.
Babin will benefit from going through the waiver wire transaction, because he gets to keep a pretty decent contract. Babin will carry with him a price tag of $1.69 million in the remainder of 2012. In 2013: upwards of $4 million.
The hefty price was hardly a concern for head coach Mike Mularkey. He announced that Babin will start this week against the Buffalo Bills.
The Jaguars stand to benefit from the signing of the veteran lineman. The Jacksonville defense is last in the league with 4,515 yards given up on the season. They have given up 3,019 of those through the air.
They are tied for last in the league with just 13.0 sacks in 2012. J.J. Watt of the division rival Texans has 14.5 on the season. Hopefully that puts into perspective just how bad the Jags’ pass rush is.
Babin, who has been in the league since 2004 when he played for the Houston Texans himself, had career seasons in both 2010 and 2011.
In 2010 he recorded 12.5 sacks and 44 tackles. 2011 was better yet, when Babin posted 18.0 sacks.
Babin’s performance took a dive this season. He has just 5.5 sacks on the season, though he has recorded one sack in each of his last three starts. (Babin did not play in week 9 vs. Dallas.)
Though Babin’s impact is yet to be seen in Jacksonville, it is good to see the Jaguars making moves to get some fresh names on the defensive side of the ball.