Eagles get DE Jason Babin
By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer July 28, 2011 11:02AM
Updated: July 28, 2011 11:02AM
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have reached agreement on a five-year contract with Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin, who had a breakout season with Tennessee last year.
Babin played for the Eagles in 2009. He signed with the Titans in free agency and had a career-best 12.5 sacks playing under defensive line coach Jim Washburn. He’s now reunited with Washburn, who joined the Eagles in the same role during the offseason.
The Eagles won’t be able to officially announce an agreement with Babin until Friday, but his publicist Amanda Mitchell confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Thursday.
Babin wrote: “Back to Philadelphia, Back with Washburn....” on his Twitter site.
A first-round pick by Houston in 2004, the 31-year-old Babin never had more than five sacks in a season until last year. He has 30 career sacks in seven seasons playing for five different teams.
Babin will play opposite two-time Pro Bowl end Trent Cole. He joins a crowded line that includes 2010 first-round pick Brandon Graham, Juqua Parker, Ricky Sapp, Darryl Tapp, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Philip Hunt. Graham isn’t expected to be ready for the start of the season after having surgery for a torn knee ligament late last year.