HAHA. Move another one over to the deceased column. Actually, spin move another one over to the deceased column. The Eagles released Jason Babin.
#Eagles release DE Jason Babin and place WR DeSean Jackson on Injured Reserve
— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) November 27, 2012
Andy Reid’s statement: "We appreciate everything that Jason has given this team over the last couple of years. We wish him the best as he continues his career. By releasing him today, this gives us an opportunity to give more playing time to some of the younger guys in the defensive line rotation.”
Reid is a dangerous man with a gun right now– he has nothing to lose (and pretty much nothing to gain), so it seems he'll try anything. You have to wonder what happened though. Babin hasn't been good, but he still leads the Eagles with 5.5 sacks. There's likely much more to the story than giving younger guys more playing time.
In March, Jason Babin talked to the WIP about job security. In retrospect, these comments are hilarious:
“Franchise tag, it’s a lot of money. But at the same time it’s a scary proposition because, you know, if you get hurt before the season, during the season, you know… they can release you and only pay you medical, which is substantially lower, I think. There's risk involved. Everyone loves a long-term contract. There’s a variable you can’t measure: the hierarchy, the feeling.”
Babin had a signed a five-year, $27 million contract before the start of last season. The Eagles will only have to pay him $600k of his signing bonus after this year.
Perhaps the best part of this? The joyous reaction from CSN's Reuben Frank, who got into it with Babin's wife on Twitter earlier this year:
It's pretty dark, Jason.