In a move that seems to indicate that Philadelphia is officially headed towards full-fledged rebuilding mode, the organization has decided to cut ties with Defensive End Jason Babin, formerly of Tennessee Titans fame for a year.
Lest you forget, Babin notched a productive season whilst in Nashville. The year was 2010 and the sack total was 13. After flaming out in Houston as a first round bust, Babin enjoyed his first truly successful season then, and would go on to get a lucrative 5-year, $27.5 million contract with the aforementioned Eagles. It’s also no coincidence that the highly regarded former defensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans was hired by the Eagles that same year.
This situation begs the question: Should the Titans consider bringing Jason Babin in?
It’s no surprise our pass rush has been dreadful this year, and a healthy Jason Babin could provide the spark we are desperately lacking. Wimbley has not been the force we expected, and may be better suited to a hybrid end/linebacker position. If effective, Babin would provide us with stability in the pass rush.
However, we also need to remember that, for all intents and purposes, this season is over for the Titans. Mathematically, yes, we still have a chance, but the reality of the situation is that we are not going to reach the playoffs this season. Babin is 32 and, as such, is already somewhat on the decline physically. We would pretty much have to rely on him as a situational player, and with this season all but gone, he wouldn’t have a chance to contribute much until next year.
It’s tempting to look at his season with us some years ago and not want to see that replicated, but the solid play of Vinny Curry at Defensive End for the Eagles isn’t the only reason the organization cut Babin. If he could be brought in at a fair price, there’s certainly no harm in doing so, but the Titans should proceed with caution.
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