Tag Archive: Jason Babin


Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots for a 5th rounder- Clearly the Redskins are cutting their dead weight, and Haynesworth was just an overpaid problem for the Redskins at this point. This is such a typical Patriots move, and it’s just amazing the saavy that they have as an organization. As a fan of the NFL Draft and as someone who is very critical of free agency moves and trades, it’s rare that I ever disagree completely with something the Patriots do (I did not like the Nate Solder pick in round 1 however, but those instances are few and far between). This is just another case of me considering them to be brilliant. They got him for a 2013 5th, virtually nothing, and none of his salary for the next two years is guaranteed because the Redskins had to take the cap hit for him. The Pats can restructure his deal to give him some guaranteed money if they want, but they definitely don’t have to. Plus, the Pats have the clubhouse leadership and stable locker room to absorb someone like Haynesworth and keep him in line, which a lot of teams don’t have. The Patriots know how it’s done, and they continue to impress me as an organization. It doesn’t get any better than that Pats and the Packers when it comes to the draft and offseason manueverings.

Reggie Bush to Miami, agrees to a 2 year contract with the team after trade- Not sure what the trade is for, but I heard it might be a 6th rounder… Can’t confirm any of that though. It will be interesting to see what the ultimate compensation is for him. Either way, Miami gets him on the cheap and they get a very explosive back who should complement Daniel Thomas well, even though I still maintain that he is more of a finesse back in a power-back’s body. Regardless, still a pretty low risk/high reward pick-up.

James Jones still available, Minnesota in pursuit- This would not surprise me in the least, this is a typical Vikings move. Picking up McNabb for a 6th in 2012 and a 6th in 2013 was a Patriots-esque move, but now they are back to the Vikings moves of old by panicking after losing Sidney Rice and pursuing a WR who is overrated because of his performance on a very good team. They’ll sign him for a lot of money, more than he’s worth, and act like he is ready to be a #1 (similar to what they did with Berrian…) and he won’t end up working. The Vikings are still the Vikings I guess. No way does this end well for them. Let me know when I can take over the Vikings and start fixing this team.

Jason Babin signs a 5 year, $28 million contract with Philadelphia- This is a great get for Philly and if you read my article on Babin you might understand the potential upside of this move. I was right in that he didn’t ask for ridiculous money, he took a reasonable deal of just under $6 million which is a steal for a DE coming off a career year with over 10 sacks, and he is reunited with his former DL coach who helped him blow up last year, and now that same coach is working with a lot of DL talent on the Eagles. On paper at least, they should have a very scary pass rush, and Washburn should help make sure that talent on paper translates to the field. Great pick-up by the Eagles, another well-run team.

Sidney Rice signs a 5 year, $41 million contract with $18.5 million guaranteed- Rice is following T-Jack to Seattle, which makes little sense to me, though Seattle has had an underrated offseason. He doesn’t have a QB to throw him the ball yet, though in future seasons they could have a quality player. But this year, his value is not very high in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how this pans out, but if I was Sidney I would much rather have stayed in Minnesota with McNabb on the way, Ponder in the wings and AP on that same side of the ball. That’s just me though.

Kevin Kolb still rumored to be going to AZ- Will update this when the deal goes through, I would be surprised if this didn’t happen today or tomorrow. Hearing they might get DRC and a 2nd or something similar for him. Would be a fantastic deal.

Will keep updating this as more stuff happens. There was a flurry of activity that I had to update you guys on, I’ll try to keep up today.

–Tom

Plenty of people would be happy to see Ray Edwards in Atlanta. He may not end up a Falcon, but I don't think he will be back with the Vikings.

As a diehard fan of the Falcons I naturally follow all of their player movements and keep a close eye on their depth chart, so I know the team pretty well. It is my opinion that Biermann can be upgraded (he is pretty good, but we could do better at LE) and there are free agents available at the position. Most Falcon Fans I have encountered want us to sign Charles Johnson, Ray Edwards or possibly Mathias Kiwanuka. Maybe even trade for Osi Umenyiora. But while I think all of them would be potential upgrades over Biermann (who I think would be ideal in a rotational role, not as the starter where he would be solid/pretty good) I think one player specifically offers a great combination of upside, the possibility of signing a reasonable contract, and meshing with our team as well or better than any of the players I mentioned above.

That player is Jason Babin, a DE who played on the Titans last year.

He had 12.5 sacks according to NFL.com (14 according to Pro Football Focus, who I trust in their evaluation of pro film) and it was easily his best statistical season. It would be easy to say that it is a fluke, but I personally don’t think it is, especially after reading this interview:

Jason Babin Interview

Babin has upside even at 31 years old, and despite his success last year I don't think he will demand an excessive payday like other defensive ends might.

This interview explains why he was so unproductive for so long. Like many players he was played out of position, at outside linebacker instead of defensive end (the position he starred at in college which led to him being a 1st round draft pick) for much of his career. This year, his 6th healthy season in the NFL I believe, was the first year he was able to play his natural position of 4-3 defensive end. Not coincidentally, according to him, he had his best season of his career easily and had sacks in 12 of his 17 games according to NFL.com (a couple games with only half sacks, but according to PFF he was one of the most effective DE’s at sacking the quarterback and at consistently hurrying the quarterback, plus getting quarterback hits).

Not only that, but his personality reminds me a bit of Jared Allen. He is something of a mountain man as he lives in Alaska and according to this interview he may have even killed a bear during the lockout. He is an extremely hard worker, he is very strong, and he isn’t as worn down as you might think he would be at 31 years old because he just hasn’t gotten a lot of snaps and opportunities in his career. Not only that, but he specifically states in the interview that he is best in defenses that rely on attacking upfield, which is exactly what we ask our defensive linemen to do here.

I think Babin is an ideal fit for what we do from a scheme perspective, from our need for another quality pass rusher opposite Abraham (imagine Abe with Babin opposite him, two potential 10+ sack guys, with Biermann and Sidbury rotating in to keep them fresh) and he would mesh with our team well as long as we played him at 4-3 DE (and who the heck wouldn’t after the season he had last year).

I hope the Falcons go after him, and if we do he would be a very good pick-up for us in my opinion. He’s not a long term solution at 31, but he is a significant upgrade for the short term for the next three years in my estimation. I don’t know that we will go after him, in fact it’s more likely that we won’t sign him than anything else, but I would love to see him in Atlanta. It’s also possible that he will have want an excessive amount of money, as some players do. But something about his personality and his overall attitude makes me think he’d just like to get a nice contract where he could play on a contender and play at his natural position, 4-3 DE.

Here’s hoping the Falcons pursue him, I’d love to see him in Red and Black.

Thanks for reading!

–Tom