Babin was a massive disappointment this season, recording just 5.5 sacks in 11 contests.
Just last year Babin racked up an absurd 18 sacks in the first year of the 5-year, $28 million contract he signed with the Eagles in the 2011 off-season. This was Babin’s second stint with the birds, as he played in Philly in 2009 before spending 2010 with the Tennessee Titans.
It’s really incredible how fast a player can rise and fall in the NFL, being that Babin was named All-Pro just last season, and was chosen to play in his second consecutive Pro-Bowl.
Babin said today that he was surprised by his release, but also stated that “in the game of football, you can never be too sure of anything.”
Babin’s release looks like a classic contract-dump, while the Eagles were still on the hook for a decent chunk of change under his current deal. But head coach Andy Reid said today that the farewell to Babin is more so an effort to get the Eagles’ younger players a chance to prove themselves on the field.
The Eagles terminated former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo on October 16th and promoted assistant Todd Bowles to the DC position. Ironically, the Eagles’ defense has actually performed much worse since Castillo’s departure, and Babin will be the first casualty since the squad’s new direction.
Babin has certainly had ups and downs in his 9-year professional career, as he was originally a first-round draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2004, but never really lived up to expectations until the past few seasons.
It is hard to predict where Babin will land next, but he will without a doubt find a new home quickly and become a difference-maker on the defensive line. Even though he put together a largely unimpressive 11 games this year, I believe Babin still has what it takes to be an asset to any team.
The way I see it, Babin is fortunate to have been let go at this point, as the Eagles are nothing but a sinking ship on their way to the bottom of the NFL.
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