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Jason Babin still respects Andy Reid, wants to play for a winner

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Hours after he found out that the Eagles were cutting him, defensive end Jason Babin said he has no hard feelings toward coach Andy Reid, and that he’s eager to win games for whatever team he plays for next.

“I think the guys really respect him, they respect the situation, they respect the heat he takes for the team,” Babin said of Reid in an interview with Trey Wingo on NFL Live. “It’s a tough environment, the Philadelphia media market.”

Babin said he would like to see Reid get credit for the work he has done in Philadelphia, and not get branded as a loser on his way out the door.

“He’s been there so long, he’s done a lot,” Babin said. “He doesn’t want to go out on a sour note.”

Now that the Eagles have placed Babin on waivers, any team that wants him and is willing to take on his contract can claim him within the next 24 hours. If multiple teams claim him, the team with the highest waiver priority (which basically means the team with the worst record) will get him. If no team claims him, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

Babin isn’t sure what to expect, but he did indicate that he wants to play for a winner.

“Maybe it was the best thing for me,” Babin said. “I think it’s pretty clear what my intentions are. I like to win, I like to compete, I like to sack the quarterback. I imagine there’s someone out there looking for that.”

If there is a team out there looking for that, a guy who has 36 sacks in the last three seasons is available.

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58 Responses to “Jason Babin still respects Andy Reid, wants to play for a winner”
  1. clayme52 says: Nov 27, 2012 4:57 PM

    No chance anyone claims him and takes on that contract. Someone will take him for much cheaper in the coming days

  2. chrisvegas says: Nov 27, 2012 4:59 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I can only hope he goes to Dallas.

  3. vancouvernfl says: Nov 27, 2012 5:02 PM

    “2005″ called… they want to sign you to a tattoo deal!…

    LOL

  4. totallyuselessme says: Nov 27, 2012 5:02 PM

    There’s no way somebody doesn’t pick up Babin. This season hasn’t been his fault. He’s got talent, and talented pass rushers are the second most valued players in the NFL.

  5. josh69530 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:05 PM

    Nobody will pick up that contract. He will clear waivers and negotiate a new deal for 1or 2 years…

  6. bdawk20 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:06 PM

    “I like to win, I like to compete, I like to sack the quarterback. I imagine there’s someone out there looking for that.”

    If a team is looking for someone who hasn’t done anything he likes all year, he’s a lock to get signed!

  7. mungman69 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:11 PM

    Good luck, Jason

  8. tfoz5150 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:12 PM

    Good riddance!

  9. dgrowe213 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:13 PM

    Hopefully he clears waivers.
    Falcons need him.

  10. glastron1 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:14 PM

    Come on over to the Packers!

  11. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:16 PM

    I hope the redskins sign him when he clears waivers!!! in the redskins 3-4 d as a rush olb he would be dominate and replace what we have missed in orakpo!!!

    if he clears waivers and sign him shanny!!!

  12. skinsrock says: Nov 27, 2012 5:17 PM

    chrisvegas says:
    Nov 27, 2012 4:59 PM
    As an Eagles fan, I can only hope he goes to Dallas.
    __________________

    He said he wants to play for a winner.

  13. ncs115 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:17 PM

    “Maybe it was the best thing for me,” Babin said. “I think it’s pretty clear what my intentions are. I like to win, I like to compete, I like to sack the quarterback. I like to line up offsides. I like to destroy locker room chemistry. I like to hunt. I don’t like football. I imagine there’s someone out there looking for that.”

    Good luck with that loser!

  14. tallguyme says: Nov 27, 2012 5:17 PM

    I’d like to see my Patriots take a chance on him.

  15. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Nov 27, 2012 5:17 PM

    49ERS

  16. mrchainbluelightning says: Nov 27, 2012 5:19 PM

    Babin couldn’t care less about playing the run or his gap responsibilities, which is why he was cut. You can’t be paying that much money to a guy who in all honesty shouldn’t see the field except for 3rd and longs.

    Ya he got 18 sacks, 18 sacks while constantly leaving his teammates in the lurch because all he did was tunnel vision on the QB.

    Situational pass rusher is the best he is going to see on a “winner” Because “winners” don’t let guys like him see the field on 1st and 2nd downs.

  17. maddenisfordorks says: Nov 27, 2012 5:24 PM

    5.5 sacks is double the who Jaguars organization has had, in two seasons.

  18. thesmiteofthewicked says: Nov 27, 2012 5:24 PM

    The Giants could use him. Yeah he hasn’t been great but I think he would be able to provide more production than Justin Tuck, who has been a complete non-factor this year.

  19. true9erfan66 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:34 PM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing niners pick him up just for rest of this year. Be scary smith brothers. Brooks and babin all solid and or great pass rushers.

  20. freebird2011 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:37 PM

    Well, one thing it would take to claim Babin would be $1,742,188 in salary cap space because that’s the pro-rated amount on his contract for the remaining 5 games of 2012.

  21. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:42 PM

    my bet is he signs with redskins or cowboys so he can take it to the eagles this season

  22. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 27, 2012 5:42 PM

    He doesn’t want to see Reid “branded” as a loser? Umm ok, but that’s not as serious of the issue of reality that he currently IS a loser, as evidenced by having already lost this year.

    Why worry about the branding to that much more important actuality? The Eagles need to get real and shape up, they are the #2 biggest underachievers right now after the Lions.

  23. bigbluefan1 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:44 PM

    If you want to play for a winner then take 95N get off the NJTP at 16W

  24. lbijake says: Nov 27, 2012 5:50 PM

    Babin may respect Reid but evidently Reid has little respect for Mr. One-Dimensional.

  25. sasquash20 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:50 PM

    Well my fellow Eagles fans we got what we wanted. Now we will have to be patient for the next several seasons as we try and rebuild this mess. Coach Reid will be gone soon and many over paid vets as well. It is going to get worse before it gets better.

    Coach Reid did a solid job and is a good coach. But his message is falling on deaf ears and the fans can’t take his predictability any more. Good luck in the future Walrus.

    If one looks at Babin’s stats then one would figure he was a beast, but the truth is he is a one trick pony at best. He is set on getting to the QB and leaves his gaps and assignments to do just that. This move was made to see what some of the guys on the roster bubble for next year have in them. If they can cut a probowl DE who had 18 sacks last season then they can and will cut anyone who is dogging it.

  26. phillyforlife says: Nov 27, 2012 5:50 PM

    3/4 of his sacks came because Trent Cole chased the qb in his direction,

  27. jessaroo1991 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:50 PM

    Houston should pick him up. They need all the help with watt

  28. iggles07 says: Nov 27, 2012 5:54 PM

    I love it how he rips the media in Philly like thats the real problem here.

    No Jason, the real problem is that you guys were bragging all off season about how great you are and your potential to be – and I quote – “A dynasty” – while for two straight years you have been beyond suck.

    Several members of the Eagles over the past two years have ripped the fans for calling the team out for underachieving, yet you completely ignore the fact that you yourselves set the expectations. God forbid we hold you accountable for it.

    The problem with much of the players on this team over the past two years is that NONE of you hold yourselves and each other accountable. You should be embarrased about the way you play week in and week out rather than constantly pointing the finger at the fans or the media.

    I respect Reid, and although I feel his play calling is predictable and its time to go, I still respect the man and have deep sympathy for what he is personally going through. Not to mention the fact that week in and week out he takes all the bullets for this team, and still they go out there and barely go through the motions.

    I can’t say it any more bluntly, this team is no good.

  29. flyeredup says: Nov 27, 2012 5:54 PM

    Time to cut the 2 most overrated players in the NFL: Desean Jackson and Brent Celek

  30. enrgy2burn says: Nov 27, 2012 6:00 PM

    “I like to win, I like to compete, I like to sack the quarterback. I imagine there’s someone out there looking for that.”
    —————————————————-

    Yeah Babin, the Eagles are looking for someone like that which is why the cut you, I just wish they’d have sent Washburn with you… Good riddance!!!

  31. Keyser Söze says: Nov 27, 2012 6:02 PM

    @JasonColeYahoo Only 5 teams (Atl, Balt, Det, SF, Pitt) don’t have enuf cap room to claim Babin (need $1.64m). But all could create it.

  32. vicksprman says: Nov 27, 2012 6:02 PM

    After he clears waivers a play off team in need of a situational pass rusher will snap him up.

  33. sicklife1 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:02 PM

    thesmiteofthewicked says:

    Nov 27, 2012 5:24 PM
    The Giants could use him. Yeah he hasn’t been great but I think he would be able to provide more production than Justin Tuck, who has been a complete non-factor this year.

    ————————————————–

    You cannot be serious with this comment. Why in the world would we take a player like this when we already have Osi doing the same thing? Osi is actually more of a complete player than this moron. I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

  34. tedmurph says: Nov 27, 2012 6:03 PM

    Pats should kick the tires on this guy, especially with the injury to CJones and suspension of Cunningham. The defense is starting to come together with Talib, McCourty playing safety, Chung returning from injury and Dennard looking like a player. Even a situational pass rusher could put them over the top. Reid and Belichick are close, I’m sure BB could find out if there are injury/personal issues contributing in Babin’s drop in production. Pats have a real shot this yr, go all in.

  35. TeamBalco says: Nov 27, 2012 6:03 PM

    Vick is next.

  36. rd3777 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:10 PM

    Hey Jason want to play for the Niners??

    Smith Bros and J.B. will destroy everybody.

  37. brettfavresmidget says: Nov 27, 2012 6:17 PM

    What, I thought Jason Babin retired last year?

  38. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 27, 2012 6:22 PM

    Why do the Falcons need him? They just cut an unproductive, overpaid one trick pony ha.

  39. tedmurph says: Nov 27, 2012 6:42 PM

    Last player picked up by NE that was considered a liability against the run but a good pass rusher: MAnderson(10 sacks).

  40. tx526 says: Nov 27, 2012 7:11 PM

    Don’t we all…..

  41. exibitsman says: Nov 27, 2012 7:42 PM

    I think he ends up playing for REX and the jets they need a great pass rusher.

  42. udwnwitjpp says: Nov 27, 2012 7:54 PM

    U can neva have enuff pass rushers so in that case jerry reese grab that guy we can stand osi or tuck up to rush like a linebaker wow he wuld be rejuvenated with jpp kiwi tuck lined up nex to him

  43. seahawks19081 says: Nov 27, 2012 7:54 PM

    I am going to shout random team names that he should play for.

  44. mojosmagic says: Nov 27, 2012 8:06 PM

    Everybody likes and respects Andy Reid. To bad they don’t play hard for him and have laid down this year. It is obvious they have taken advantage of Reid and it’s time to bring in a hard ass coach they don’t like so much.

  45. stevincinci says: Nov 27, 2012 8:16 PM

    udwnwitjpp says: Nov 27, 2012 7:54 PM

    U can neva have enuff pass rushers so in that case jerry reese grab that guy we can stand osi or tuck up to rush like a linebaker wow he wuld be rejuvenated with jpp kiwi tuck lined up nex to him

    Where in the world did you go to school, dude. Really?

  46. leque4 says: Nov 27, 2012 8:22 PM

    Hey come back to the Titans where you were productive!

  47. grandpoopah says: Nov 27, 2012 8:39 PM

    Anyone who thinks this guy is roster worthy has never watched him play. Those sack stats are fools gold.

  48. ee00ee says: Nov 27, 2012 8:45 PM

    brettfavresmidget says:
    Nov 27, 2012 6:17 PM
    What, I thought Jason Babin retired last year?
    ______

    He did retire as a player after last season. The problem is they forgot to tell Reid so he kept putting him in the games.

    I think he’ll end up in Detroit. They like the wide 9 and can’t get enough of 1 trick ponies, just ask Avril and Young.

  49. roddytorock84 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:00 PM

    Falcons need him. We only need him to pressure the qb. Otherwise he can sit on the sidelines while kroy does his thing. I take his 6sacks this years oppose to ray Edwards 0

  50. rajbais says: Nov 27, 2012 9:11 PM

    I mentioned Detroit in an earlier PFT post, but be careful when mentioning non-”wide 9″ teams.

    The 3-4 OLB spot is hard to play and players likely need an off-season to fully play it well and he did not bloom until finding Jim Washburn in Tennessee who ran the “Wide 9″ in 2010.

  51. dontouchmyjunk says: Nov 27, 2012 9:29 PM

    Fans who think Babin is a great pass rusher have clearly not seen him play. They’ve only seen ESPN highlights and read a stat sheet. Babin is a product of the Wide 9. If you don’t run that, he will be a liability. Babin can’t defend the run to save his life.

  52. radrntn says: Nov 27, 2012 9:30 PM

    If you want to play for a winner, get ready for league mininum, thats all they are going to pay you. If you get claimed, only a losing team will take you on……bottom line….be glad if anybody signs you, because nowadays in the nfl , rookies are a lot cheaper,and a lot more hungry. They want to hustle, so after 4 years they get paid.

  53. udwnwitjpp says: Nov 27, 2012 9:39 PM

    @stevincini its calld slang you a#@hole get used to it

  54. smanzo11 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:54 PM

    Way over rated. He sucks. Glad he s gone.

  55. mcg1848 says: Nov 27, 2012 11:03 PM

    Thanks for your 18 sacks last year. Now get lost.

  56. chrisk61 says: Nov 27, 2012 11:26 PM

    20 year eagles season ticket holder here. babin is a poseur. a one year wonder. eagles should have remembered the data from babin’s first eagles stint, when he did nothing, and never have signed him the second time. he is heavily tatted, which suggests he is tough. but mr pseudo tough had to whine about the fans. oh woe is me, the philly fans are so mean. what a girl. its guys like babin who are contributing to this yr’s debacle. they are highly paid and should be leaders & perform. but they don’t lead and aren’t delivering. nnamdi is another. the phils had the same issue this past season. guys like rollins, victorino and pence needed to come up big and basically put their tails between their legs and hid under the table. babin sucks. no loss at all.

  57. thermalito says: Nov 27, 2012 11:37 PM

    The Patriots are already fitting him for his new uniform.

  58. phillyfour4four says: Nov 28, 2012 2:15 PM

    Cya later, Blabin!

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