Out of the blue, Jason Babin had a lot of sacks last year in Tennessee. In his eighth season, the 30-year-old nearly doubled his career sack total with 12.5 quarterback takedowns in his first full season since 2004.
Was it a fluke? Nope, it was Jim Washburn.
The legendary Titans defensive line coach has developed a reputation for getting aberrant production out of average players. Last year, he turned a nobody into one of the league’s top pass rushers and a Pro Bowler.
Problem: Earlier in the offseason, Washburn left the Titans for Philadelphia.
Convenient scenario: This week, Babin becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Naturally, Babin is following Washburn to Philadelphia, where he has agreed to sign a five-year, $28 million deal that includes $5-6 million guaranteed, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports and Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
But if Washburn can turn trash into treasure, why pay big bucks for a free agent in an inflated market? In their defense, the above terms are quite reasonable and the Eagles have a decent amount of cap space.
Babin and Trent Cole will make a nice one-two pass-rushing punch. Meanwhile, the Titans are left with a hole that they can only hope Derrick Morgan (or another free agent) will fill. Ray Edwards and Cullen Jenkins remain on the market.
GLS MOVE RATING: 5/10