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Could Bears be in play for Jason Babin?

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The sinking ship that is the Philadelphia Eagles has been tossing employees overboard lately, except for head coach Andy Reid.

But the Eagles surprised some when they released two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin Tuesday, and the Bears are believed to be among the teams interested in him. Babin.jpg

During the 2011 offseason, Babin received interest from several teams, including the Bears, but he signed a five-year, $27 million contract with the Eagles. He immediately rewarded the Eagles with 18 sacks. But Babin has just 5 1/2 sacks this season, and he was released today.

Babin is subject to the waiver claims process, which means the teams with the worst record gets the first shot at him. Since he's 32 years old, Babin probably isn't too thrilled about the prospect of the Jacksonville Jaguars claiming him.

Meanwhile, Babin could draw serious interest from some contenders in need of a pass rusher. While Babin is more of a pass-rushing specialist, he could thrive on a team that essentially wants him for that specific role. For the Bears, Babin could line up in obvious passing situations, like third and long.

The cost for Babin isn't too steep. He's owed about $1.4 million for the remainder of this season, and he's under contract next year for $4.2 million.

The Bears currently have $4.4 million in salary cap space, which means they have the room to claim Babin. But the Bears also likely are working to sign a couple of players to long-term deals.

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I wouldn't waste money on Jason Babin, he's 32, and the Bears already have a younger version of Babin in rookie Shea McClellin. Also, the Bears defense is one of the leagues top pass rushing units, they're among the leaders in sacks as a unit, there is really no need for Babin to come eat up money the Bears need to extend contracts for players like 3-tech Henry Melton and guard Lance Louis.

While the offensive line has been a major let down this season, other than the play of right guard Lance Louis, the defensive line has been the polar opposite. The Bears front four has 3 starters under 30 who have big time potential, 4th year player Henry Melton, 2nd year player Stephen Paea, and 3rd year player Corey Wootton, all under 5 years in the league, all starting and look to have a bright futures for the Bears. Throw in rookie Shea McClellin, and this unit is young, upcoming, and in no need of any help GO BEARS!!

I agree, Kevin, though I might take issue with your statement about Paea. Though he has flashed at times, especially in the pass rush department, he is not a very good run stopper, and needs to improve his game. PFF has him rated in the bottom third of all DT/NT's. I like his prospects, but he needs to get better.

I agree as well. I'm not sure that the Bears get as good a pass rush as I'd like, but certainly offensive linemen are a bigger need.

No point in not looking at this guy. Philadelphia is dismantling their team and there may be some gems coming out of there. The only one on the defensive line who really excels is Julius Peppers, so why not take a look at an end who had 18 sacks a couple of years ago?

WFB, You should look again at the Bear defense; you overlook five or six. Peppers is great, but is only one part of a pretty solid group.

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