Tennessee Titans: Is Jason Babin an Option at Defensive End?

Chad Minton@@chad_mintonCorrespondent INovember 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 2: Defensive end Jason Babin #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles raises his arms to get the crowd going against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 49ers defeated the Eagles 24-23. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Despite being third in the NFL in the last two years in sacks, Jason Babin has been let go by the struggling Philadelphia Eagles.

The Titans let Babin go in 2010 after he had a breakout season with 12.5 sacks.

For the Titans to get Babin, they would have to claim him off the waiver wire. Since Babin is just one year removed from having 18 sacks, it's likely that several teams will put in a claim for Babin.

It would be tough for the Titans to get waiver priority for Babin, but they should entertain the idea.

The Titans are 21st in the NFL in sacks with 23. That number spiked big time after getting six sacks against arguably the worst team in the NFL in the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.

The truth is that the Titans still need help in their pass rush, and a better pass rush would drastically improve a secondary that has trouble stopping pretty much anyone.

The money is there for the Titans to pay the $1.6 million that Babin would be owed for the remainder of the 2012 season.

If Babin were to play well to finish out this season, then you lock him up for a long-term deal. That would improve one of the big weak links the Titans have heading into next season.

It is possible that the bridge has already been burned when the Titans didn't agree to signing Babin to a long-term deal despite Babin's interest in remaining a Titan.

There are a lot of teams that are ahead of the Titans on the waiver priority, so the likelihood of the Titans claiming Babin is pretty low.

Teams like the Chiefs, Jaguars and Bills will also be very interested in bolstering up their pass rush with Babin.

However, the Titans definitely should make a run at him. It's obvious that the Titans need help in this area, and Babin could really help this team finish strong.

One of the reasons why the Titans were so hesitant to sign Babin to a long-term deal originally was probably concern about whether or not 2010 was a fluke season.

Last season had to relieve those doubts, as Babin had 18 sacks.

At the very least, the Titans have to give themselves a chance at claiming Babin off waivers.