October 2, 2011; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason Babin (93) pressures San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) during game at Lincoln Financial Field. The 49ers defeated the Eagles 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
The Philadelphia Eagles shocked the waiver wire when they announced on Tuesday that they were releasing defensive end Jason Babin. Rumor is he’s already making the rounds to visit teams and the New Orleans Saints came up as a potential landing spot.
Not long after the announcement of Babin’s departure, the social media lit up with Saints fans calling for general manager Mickey Loomis to bring in the man who registered 18 sacks for the Eagles last year and 12.5 sacks for the Tennessee Titans the year before that.
Babin was pointed out as only having 5.5 sacks this year and 26 tackles. Of course Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan only has 6 sacks while fellow defensive end Will Smith has 5 sacks.
The past two years has seen Babin have a resurgence in his career and has proven to be a dominant pass rusher even when playing through injuries. Reports came out that he had become to have a poor locker room attitude but nothing concrete was found with this.
In a post by Yardbarker.com via PhillySportsNut.com, Babin will be visiting the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday evening and then hop a flight to meet with the Saints on Wednesday morning. Then Wednesday evening he’ll meet with the Denver Broncos.
Another team that is said to possibly be in play for the services of Babin is the Detroit Lions. Of course there is still the fact that he will have to clear waivers and there is also a small matter of his 5-year $28 million contract he signed with the Eagles.
According to Yahoo! Sports Shutdown Corner here is the breakdown if a team were to claim Babin off of waivers:
"Babin is earning $5.575 million in fully guaranteed base salary and whoever claims Babin’s contract off waivers will be responsible for the $1,639,706 that remains on his 2012 salary. That team will also take on the three years and $16.65 million in non-guaranteed base salary that remains on Babin’s current contract, which also contains $2.025 million in base salary escalators."
If Babin clears waivers then a team could simply negotiate a new contract with him. But does any team want to risk losing him if they really want to have Babin on their roster?