Philadelphia Eagles Begin Cleaning House: Jason Babin Released

November 28, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Philadelphia Eagles released Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin today, according to ESPN.
Babin was part of the Eagles’ spending spree in the offseason before 2011, and he rewarded the team with 18 sacks and a Pro Bowl invitation in the team’s Wide 9 defense. This year, though, Babin has just 5.5 sacks, and he’s been taking reps from young playmaking defensive end Brandon Graham.
Babin was widely regarded as a classic me-first player who epitomized the struggles of this year’s Eagles. He was awful against the run, which is a direct result of the Wide 9 defense but also a reflection of Babin’s obsessiveness with accumulating sacks and only sacks.
The Eagles had signed Babin to a five-year, $28 million deal (via espn.com) before ’11, but the surprise emergence of Graham this season made Babin expendable. Rookie second-round pick Vinny Curry was also active last night for the first time in his brief NFL career and played extremely wel...

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