Not every player new player signed by the Philadelphia Eagles last season was a bust or took a long time to acclimate to the team’s system. DE Jason Babin had the benefit of having worked with defensive line coach Jim Washburn previously. And that experience helped him have the best season of his NFL career.
Babin recorded 18 sacks in 2011. In 2010 he had 12.5 sacks with the Tennessee Titans, and prior to that, his best season was in 2006, when he had 5 sacks with the Houston Texans.
While the Eagles defense struggled mightly at the start of the season, Babin was ready to go from the word “go.” He produced in the team’s Wide 9 scheme, racking up sacks like it was… okay, well, it is his job. Babin was recognized by his peers throughout the league for his prodution by being named as the 44th best player in the NFL this year.
All of this for the bargain price (in NFL terms) of $5.75 million for the coming year. In a list of the 11th best and worst deals in the league, Jason La Canfora ...