— Jason McIntyre (@TheBigLead) November 27, 2012
The house cleaning at 1 NovaCare Way has started early, one day after the Eagles capped a miserable few months without a victory. In a move that has shocked many, the club parted ways with leading pass rusher Jason Babin. The term “leading” is slightly misleading — Babin only has five on the year — but that stat sums up how poor the Eagles defense has been as a whole. According to Andrew Brandt, the Eagles will owe Babin $1.64 million if he’s not claimed on waivers.
In jettisoning the former Texan, the Eagles will get to see what they have in Vinny Curry. The second-round pick appeared in his first game for Philly yesterday and impressed. In limited action the Marshall product finished with one quarterback hurry, four tackles, and three stops.
For the playoff contenders, Babin is an enticing name on the market as the post-season draws closer. Green Bay, New England and Cincinnati could all use some help on the edge.
For those who still own the Eagles defense on fantasy rosters (all eight of you), Babin’s absence makes an already shoddy unit that much weaker. The Eagles secondary has been torched this season, and that will now continue with their daunting remaining schedule. Tony Romo, Josh Freeman, and Andy Dalton get to pad their stats against the Philly D over the next three weeks, and then Robert Griffin III will post at least 68 points during fantasy championship week.