Although the move can’t be officially announced until Friday, the Eagles have reportedly come to terms with defensive end Jason Babin. The deal is reported to be a 5-year agreement for $28 million.
There was plenty of speculation about Babin reuniting with the Eagles during the long lockout period, so the move can’t be viewed as that big of a surprise.
Babin had the best season of his career with the Titans last year, recording a total of 12.5 sacks. He also was elected to the Pro Bowl.
At age 31, the move may be a little bit out of the Eagles comfort zone. Typically, the Eagles look to start moving players off the roster when they turn 30, not on to it.
However, Babin fit very well into Jim Washburn’s system last year in Tennessee, and he will be reunited with Washburn when he reports to Training Camp.
Babin spent the 2009 season with the Eagles and didn’t have much success. He ended the year with just 2.5 sacks.
Despite having poor numbers in his first stint with the Birds, you have to have high hopes for Babin heading into the 2011 season. To begin, the team needed a pass rusher to compliment Trent Cole while Brandon Graham recovers from his knee injury.
Babin will be able to step into Washburn’s system right away, and hopefully he’ll be able to pick up right where he left off last season.
Babin’s age is a concern, and it was a bit surprising that the deal spans five years. However, he fits an immediate need and should be a good step in the right direction on the defensive side of the ball.