Philadelphia Eagles Don't Want Jason Babin, but These 6 NFL Teams Should
Babin's production was down this season, but then again, so was the entire Eagles defense.
He only tallied 5.5 sacks through 11 games—a stark contrast to the 12.5 and 18 he respectively racked up in 2010 and 2011.
As noted on SI.com, "Claiming Babin off waivers would put a team on the hook for the remainder of the $5.575 million he’s owed this year (approximately $1.65 million), plus $4.225 in 2013 and $6 million in 2014 and ’15."
Still, it's a small price to pay if any team believes Babin can put it over the top in the playoffs.
So, which teams need to make the bold move to pick up this veteran pass-rusher?
Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Cliff Avril have come on strong of late, but Kyle Vanden Bosch hasn't been nearly as explosive as he used to be.
The Detroit Lions aren't out of the NFC's playoff hunt yet, either, and though it would take a miraculous finish, this team can technically still get in.
With a porous secondary, the best way to improve the team's defense is by providing a consistent pass rush up front, and adding Babin would certainly do that.
Finally, the Lions run the Wide-9 defense Babin is familiar with, and he would be able to slide right in without missing a beat.
Michael Johnson and Geno Atkins have 17 sacks between them, but the Cincinnati Bengals could certainly use another dominant pass-rusher up front to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks.
Like the Detroit Lions, the Bengals run the Wide-9 scheme Babin is familiar with, and it wouldn't take any time at all for him to make a major impact.
With a 6-5 record and a legitimate chance to make it into the postseason tournament, adding Babin to the team's burgeoning defense would be like adding jet fuel to a blazing inferno.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of six teams vying for the No. 6 seed in the NFC. The team's biggest weakness is defending the pass, which stems from two things:
1. The secondary is thin on talent, and
2. The Bucs have only sacked opposing quarterbacks 18 times in 2012.
Besides Michael Bennett, who has seven sacks, there's not a single player on the team with more than three.
Adding Babin to the mix would certainly improve the Buccaneers' chances at defending the pass, and he'd be a big piece to the puzzle for this team's playoff chances.
New England Patriots
Rookie defensive end Chandler Jones started out the season on fire, racking up five sacks in his first six games. Since then, however, he's only totaled one sack and is nursing a sore ankle.
The Patriots offense is capable of putting up gaudy totals, but you know it's going to end up coming down to defense at some point in the playoffs.
Rob Ninkovich is the only other reliable pass-rusher currently on the New England roster, and given the fact that the team's secondary is still quite the work in progress, it would behoove Bill Belichick to bring in a veteran like Babin to shore things up.
The Von Miller show in Denver is fun to watch, and the Broncos defense has really stepped up of late, but imagine how much better this group could be with another explosive pass-rusher.
Peyton Manning gives the Broncos legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, and there isn't another team in the AFC I'd pick over this one right now to win it.
Adding Babin to the mix on defense would be the icing on the cake, giving the Broncos one of the most formidable defenses in the AFC.
The Chicago Bears already feature one of the fiercest, most intimidating defenses in the NFL.
Julius Peppers, Henry Melton, Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Charles "Peanut" Tillman, Tim Jennings, Major Wright—the list of amazing players goes on and on.
Why not add strength to strength?
Babin would add depth and skill to the team's defensive line rotation, and the thought of him and Peppers on either side of the line would be terrifying to opposing quarterbacks—something Tillman, Jennings and Wright would certainly benefit from.
The 8-3 Bears are already one of the top NFC teams. Adding Babin to this dangerous defense could make them one of the favorites to make it to the Super Bowl in February.