Jags Claim Ex-Eagle Babin

Eagles off the hook for $1.69 million remaining on Babin's contract

By Mark Long
|  Thursday, Nov 29, 2012  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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Eagles Reid: Babin Release a "Win-Win"

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Babin was released by the Eagles Tuesday.

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With a league-low 13 sacks, the Jacksonville Jaguars were looking for more production from their pass rush.

Jason Babin could be the solution.

The Jaguars claimed the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end off waivers from Philadelphia on Wednesday -- just one day after the Birds let Babin go.

The Jaguars (2-9) will pay the remaining $1.69 million of Babin's 2012 salary, essentially taking a low-risk look at someone who could significantly upgrade one of the league's worst pass rushes.

“It's a good pickup,” coach Mike Mularkey said. “He's had a lot of success over the last three years and we could use some help in that area. He'll fit what we're doing. (Defensive line coach) Joe Cullen and he have a relentless type of mindset. I just think it's going to be good for us, really good for us.”

Jacksonville's pass rush, or lack thereof, is the most glaring weakness on a team filled with holes.

The Jaguars gave Jeremy Mincey a four-year contract worth $20 million in March, but he has just two sacks. They also drafted former Clemson standout Andre Branch in the second round, but he has played sparingly the last two months.

Babin, meanwhile, has 5 1/2 sacks after recording 18 last year. He signed a five-year, $28 million deal last summer after going to his first Pro Bowl with Tennessee following the 2010 season.

He will play Sunday at Buffalo, Mularkey said.

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