Former 18-sack defensive end Jason Babin is now a member of the New York Jets. The Jets signed Babin to a two-year contract that also includes a team option in the second year of his deal.
This offseason the Jets have done a great job of targeting needs and filling them with someone new. The Jets needed secondary help and got Calvin Pryor. They needed a receiver and got one in Eric Decker. And now Babin fills the need of another pass-rusher not named Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. The signing of Babin is a clear message to Jets’ Quinton Coples. Last season, Coples was better than his 2012 version, but he still hasn’t lived up to his first-round pick status. Now that Babin is in town that should either help Coples with his progression or it could possibly hurt him because he would be losing playing time to the newly acquired edge rusher.
With Babin, the Jets add yet another wrinkle to the defense and another potential guy to cause some mayhem when ready to attack the quarterback. Last year Babin had 40 tackles and 7.5 sacks for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and I predict similar numbers this year. He could be the Jets’ sack specialist this year similar to how they used Antwan Barnes before he went down with an injury.
This signing has another takeaway besides filling a need, and that is that the Jets want to win right now. If a team was in a true rebuild they wouldn’t acquire a 34-year-old player to go along with the young defensive line. The Jets feel like they have a shot to make a run for the playoffs, and this is the type of signing you would see from a New England Patriots or a Denver Broncos. Babin is a nice fit for the Jets, and I’m sure fans have dreams of his 18-sack season on their mind right now.