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NFL Jacksonville Jaguars

Claiming Jason Babin a No-Risk Move For Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars Jason Babin

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Jacksonville Jaguars turned some heads on Wednesday when they were awarded defensive end Jason Babin off waivers one day after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Immediately after his release, the Philadelphia media unleashed a wave of negative press against Babin and what they perceived as his bad attitude. While a player who is released less than a season removed from recording 18 sacks certainly creates questions to his character, the Jaguars are assuming absolutely no risk by acquiring Babin.

Currently, the Jaguars are tied for dead last in the NFL with only 13 sacks this season. To this point Babin has 5.5 sacks, almost half of the Jaguars’ team total. Jacksonville’s pass rush has been so horrendous this season that Babin should provide some sort of value for them for the rest of the season.

What is Babin going to cost the Jaguars? For the rest of this season he is only due about $1.7 million. If he is not a fit for the Jaguars moving forward, they can release Babin at any time with no penalty. As a vested veteran, Babin is entitled to termination pay only once in his career and he already claimed it when he was released by the Seattle Seahawks.

If Babin comes in and plays well over the final five games of the season, then the Jaguars already have him under contract next season for $4.6 million. In reality, the Jaguars have Babin under contract for the next three seasons, but under the new collective bargaining agreement Babin can choose to become a free agent following the 2013 season.

So in the end, picking up Babin was a low risk move by the Jaguars that could bring them a big reward.