Eagles finally show frustration with under-performers, cut Babin
Since that summer, the Eagles have been much more of a nightmare than a dream, and all the money they invested has resulted in an 11-16 record. Sometimes, a team's front office has to show their players that they can't just take their money and go through the motions while they're under contract - they have to continue to prove that they were worth what their team spent on them. To get this message across, the Eagles cut defensive end Jason Babin.
Babin was given a five year deal worth $27.725 million in July of 2011 after racking up 12.5 sacks and making the Pro Bowl as a Titan the previous season. Babin was one of the only Eagles to live up to the hype in the first year under his new deal, starting all 16 games and notching 18 sacks with three forced fumbles.
This year, however, Babin has been far more pedestrian, totaling only 5.5 sacks over the team's first 11 games. A liability in the run game, the Eagles figured that if Babin wasn't applying pressure to the quarterback, they might as well stop paying him.
The move will allow the reeling Eagles to give 2010 first round pick Brandon Graham and 2012 second round pick Vinny Curry more playing time, and will save them quite a bit of money over the next three seasons.
If other highly paid players don't begin stepping up their game, this could be the first of many big name cuts in Philadelphia.
Babin will draw plenty of interest on the open market as a pass rush specialist.