Eagles Should Keep Jason Babin, But Will Let Him Walk

Bob Cunningham@BCunningham215Senior Analyst IMarch 19, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08:  Jason Babin #94 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after he sacked quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Jason Babin has received a contract offer from the Tennessee Titans to the tune of one year worth $1 million, but isn't a Titan just yet. He is an unrestricted free agent (technically), but the Eagles were savvy enough to work a clause into his contract that, for all intents and purposes, makes him a restricted free agent with a right of first refusal.

The Eagles now have seven days to match the Titans' offer, just as the Saints were given a seven-day window to match an offer the Eagles gave to restricted free agent Mike Bell.

And according to Philly.com, the Eagles will not be matching the offer Babin received from the Titans, which will allow him to join Tennessee. But with the lack of depth at defensive end, why not bring Babin back at such a low contract number?

Many in Philly aren't exactly high on Babin, but I liked what I saw from him. He's a tough, hard-nosed guy who isn't afraid to get into it with an offensive lineman and slap him around as much as he has to in order to get to the quarterback.

He's a straight-ahead type of guy who brings an attitude with him.

Sure, he only had 2.5 sacks, but it was also the first time he's been able to play his natural position of a hand-in-the-ground 4-3 defensive end rather than an outside linebacker.

Personally, I think the Texans ruined him by drafting him and immediately moving him to outside linebacker (which is my thought on that type of move in general) and that he will now most likely never turn into the playmaker he could have been.

However, there is still a chance that he can be a heavy contributor as he's solid against the run and a good pass-rusher. He's certainly worth the $1 million, and the Titans will be very happy with the acquisition.

The Eagles, on the other hand, will watch and wish they would have ponied up such a piddly amount for a solid contributor—and at an area of need, no less.