The Jaguars claimed former Eagles DE Jason Babin off waivers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported.
Babin, who was released on Tuesday, has 26 tackles, 5½ sacks, one pass defensed and two forced fumbles this season. The 32-year-old had 18 sacks last season and has 53½ in his career.
The Jaguars, who are tied for the lowest amount of sacks in the league (13), are responsible for the rest of Babin’s 2012 salary of $1.69 million. Jacksonville was second in the waiver order.
The Jaguars later confirmed the claim and to make room on the roster for Babin, placed DT D'Anthony Smith on injured reserve.
The way we see it
For a club that is absolutely desperate for pass rush, claiming Babin makes a lot of sense. After a career year in 2011 and fresh contract in the offseason, DE Jeremy Mincey has been a disappointment this season. However, Mincey is stout against the run, possessing the ability to play both right and left end, making it likely that he will shift to the left side, allowing Babin to do what he does best: get upfield and rush the passer.
The Jaguars hoped second-rounder Andre Branch would make a bigger impact by now, but he has only one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games. GM Gene Smith is likely thinking that the arrival of Babin will help take attention away from Mincey and the rookie, Branch.