The 2012 season for the Philadelphia Eagles has been a 2nd straight nightmare season for this “dream team”. On Tuesday the Eagles released DE Jason Babin. He was one of several players struggling, and perhaps was butting heads with ex-Dolphin coach Todd Bowles. Word is starting to spread about who may want to add Babin.
The Miami Dolphins are normally active on the waiver wire, plus have some money to spend so we see why their name is popping up as a potential destination for Babin. If a team claims him off waivers they will be on the hook for the next 2 years at $6 million per season for Babin.
Last season Babin had a whopping 18 sacks (3rd best in NFL). He has just 5.5 so far in 2012, but he had 3 in his last 4 games. That recent strong play was not enough to save his job in Philly as he had become very one-dimensional. It was sack-or-bust for Babin.
The Dolphins have Cameron Wake at 9.5 sacks (#5 in NFL) but their next highest sacker is Randy Starks and his 4.5 sacks (#45 in NFL). Babin would become the #2 sacker on the team just by becoming a ‘Phin.
Philly’s plan was to have Babin on one defensive end, and Trent Cole on the other end. This did not work out, but I think in Miami it has a chance to as Wake commands double-teams and much more attention than Cole does.
Even if Miami is interested in Babin they may still wait to see if they can add him at a better price-tag, but with Tom Brady on their schedule twice in the next few weeks we may see the ‘Phins take a chance and add Babin and his contract now.
We will watch this closely…
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