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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Should Jets try to claim Babin?

By Rich Cimini

The reeling Eagles made news Tuesday, releasing DE Jason Babin, one of the league's most prolific pass rushers.

The Jets' pass rush needs a boost in the worst way. They have only 17 sacks in 11 games, and the team leader is -- are you ready for this? -- graybeard OLB Bryan Thomas (2.5). In case you're wondering, the team mark for fewest sacks in a 16-game season is 22, set in 1978.

Should the Jets make a play for Babin, who is subject to the waiver system? Heck, yeah.

With only 5.5 sacks, Babin isn't having a great year -- is anybody in Philadelphia -- but this is the same player who racked up 18 last season. He did a number on the Jets last December, recording three sacks in a blowout win for the Eagles.

Any team that claims him on waivers would be responsible for about $1.6 million in remaining 2012 salary. In 2013, his salary is $4.325 million, which isn't crazy. Babin is a DE/OLB 'tweener, so he wouldn't be an ideal fit in the Jets' 3-4 base scheme, but he certainly would help as a third-down pass rusher.

The Jets are 12th in the waiver priority, according to the NFL, so any interest could be moot.

The Jets aren't expected to put in a claim for Babin. If he clears waivers -- unlikely -- they could pursue him as a free agent.