New York Jets: Jason Babin

Babin expects fine; Rex 'proud' of Sanchez

November, 12, 2014
Nov 12
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets linebacker Jason Babin doesn't believe he should be fined for his after-the-whistle hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday's 20-13 Jets win.

But he thinks he will be.

"I think it looked a lot worse than it was," Babin said Wednesday. "Hopefully once they hear the appeal, cooler heads will prevail."

Babin said he was engaged with a Steelers offensive lineman at the time the play was blown dead, and he didn't hear a whistle.

"When I asked, the referee told me he didn't blow the whistle very hard," Babin said.

Babin was headed to Chicago on Wednesday, and will be in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Friday to be inducted into the Western Michigan University Hall of Fame. Babin, who played at Western from 2001 to 2003, is the only WMU football player ever selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

Jarrett wins: It was no real surprise that safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Jarrett was the first Jets player ever with two interceptions and a sack in the same game.

"It's a tremendous honor, and I'm humbled," Jarrett said. "It's such a humbling feeling. It's an amazing feeling, to have that accolade, but my teammates deserve it more than I do."

Lineup changes? Coach Rex Ryan said he doesn't anticipate changing the Jets' starting lineup for the next game, Nov. 23 at Buffalo. He said it's too early to know whether cornerback Darrin Walls will be able to play. Walls has missed the past two games with a calf strain that turned out to be significantly more serious than was first thought.

Happy for Mark: Ryan had a big smile when asked about the way ex-Jet Mark Sanchez played Monday night for the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Oh man, I was proud of him," Ryan said. "It was a great team performance by the Eagles, but Mark did his part."

Babin's contract: Good deal for Jets

July, 28, 2014
Jul 28
The New York Jets had plenty of salary-cap space before signing Jason Babin, and they still have plenty of room now that he's on the team. They landed the free-agent pass-rusher with a relatively modest two-year, $3.2 million contract that includes no guaranteed money, according to ESPN Stats & Information -- a good deal for the Jets. (Note: He pocketed a $500,000 signing bonus from the Jacksonville Jaguars, who cut him last month.)

Here's the breakdown:


Base salary: $1.1 million

Roster bonus: $500,000 ($31,250 per game)

Cap figure: $1.725 million


Option bonus: $250,000

Base salary: $1.35 million

Cap figure: $1.475 million

Note: The Jets must make a decision on whether to pick up the 2015 option by the end of the 2014 league year.

Jets camp report: Reporting day

July, 23, 2014
Jul 23
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- A few hot topics from Wednesday at the New York Jets' training camp:

You can't have too many pass rushers: The Jets made a smart move, signing the well-traveled Jason Babin to a two-year contract -- assuming the money isn't ridiculous. Obviously, the 34-year-old Babin is on the downside of his career, but he led the Jacksonville Jaguars in two important categories last season -- sacks (7.5) and snaps among the defensive linemen (772). One of the Jets' goals this summer was to identify another edge rusher to add to Calvin Pace, Quinton Coples, etc. If healthy, Antwan Barnes would be that guy, but he's not close to returning from last year's knee surgery. Rex Ryan, explaining the importance of pass-rushing depth, mentioned two recent Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants. Yep, it's a copycat league. That the Jaguars cut Babin three months after giving him a $500,000 signing bonus is a bit curious, but that's hardly a concern for the Jets.

CJ2K is back: The most important development of the day, though not surprising, was Chris Johnson's proclamation that he's been cleared by Dr. James Andrews to participate in training camp. He spent the last month training in Orlando and showed up Wednesday in terrific shape, "flying" in the conditioning run, according to Ryan. I've said this before, and I'll say it again: Of all the new additions on offense, Johnson is the one with the potential to make the greatest impact. When healthy, he's one of the fastest running backs in the league, and the Jets need speed in the backfield.

Where have you gone, Joe McKnight? Apparently, there are no McKnights on this season's roster. You might recall that McKnight started to play his way off the team last summer by flunking the mandatory conditioning run. This year, no one failed the test, according to Ryan. That, he said, never happened before in his head-coaching tenure. Presumably, this means the Jets reported to camp in tip-top shape. Barnes and guard Willie Colon (knee) passed the conditioning test, yet they still landed on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Don't worry about Colon; he's not that far away from being activated. Barnes? That could take some time.

The anti-Revis: Not that there was any doubt, but defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson did, in fact, report to camp, backing up previous statements in which he vowed not to stage a contract holdout. He said he never considered a holdout for a second, claiming he wouldn't be acting like a team leader if he pulled a no-show. Truth be told, he doesn't have much leverage to get a new contract, considering he's signed through 2015 and the daily fine would've been $30,000. But give him credit for taking the high road, trying to be a team player -- something Darrelle Revis never did in the past. Now we'll see if Wilkerson's anti-Revis approach has any sway with the powers-that-be.

Should Jets try to claim Babin?

November, 27, 2012

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.