27 Nov 2012
Let the rebuilding begin. The Eagles moved DeSean Jackson to IR today, and waived Jason Babin. They told the press they want a chance to get playing time for youngers players. (Hi, Vinny Curry.) Babin is a disappointment this year with only 5.5 sacks, but this guy is still a very good pass rusher. Despite his expensive contract, I would have to think a team would be willing to pick him up on waivers and stick him in the lineup on passing downs.
I must admit that I don't know exactly how things work for the contract when you pick up a player on waivers -- this is what we get for not having someone who knows contracts on regular staff right now -- but his contract actually is written in a cap-friendly way, and he's at $4.325 million in 2013 which isn't nuts.
Waiver priority goes in backwards order by record and then by strength of schedule. So, let's figure out who wants Babin. I don't know how much cap room each team has left, so let's assume they can all make the room if they want to make it happen. I'll also assume teams out of the playoffs don't take the flier on him just so they can have him in 2013, although you never know.
Dallas and Washington (5-6): Not a scheme fit.
New Orleans (5-6): Our playoff odds give them less than five percent chance at the playoffs, but he's a player that Steve Spagnuolo could really use well.
Miami (5-6): I've got to figure they're far enough out from the playoffs at this point not to take on the money.
Seattle (6-5): Fits if they feel like they need him, although they've got a pretty strong pass rush already.
Minnesota (6-5): Absolutely, would be a beast against offensive lines concentrating on Jared Allen. But do the Vikings really think they're still in it given how they've faded in recent weeks?
Pittsburgh (6-5): Not a scheme fit, and not really needed.
Cincinnati (6-5): Hmmm... maybe? But they lead the league in Adjusted Sack Rate, so there really is not a need.
Tampa Bay (6-5): I would think he fits here, absolutely, if they want to take on the money. On the other hand, it's a mostly young team, so do they want to carry his salary in future seasons?
Green Bay (7-4): Not a scheme fit.
New York (7-4): I know, the Giants can never have enough pass rushers, but really isn't needed.
Indianapolis (7-4): Not a scheme fit.
Chicago (8-3): Hell yeah. Mix him in there with Idonije and McClellin opposite Peppers, you can do some damage. Is there enough time to scheme some Giants-NASCAR-like packages with this group?
Denver (8-3): I don't know how much they need him, with Dumervil and Von Miller there, but sure.
New England (8-3): I'm guessing they grab him if he makes it this far, and I don't think he makes it this far.
I doubt he makes it past the 8-3 teams. If the teams listed above are all afraid of his contract, then the teams with even more wins would be too.
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