The Jacksonville Jaguars at some point or another were eventually going to have to decide whether or not to keep defensive end Jason Babin who counts for just over $6 million towards the salary cap. It appears that Babin has made that decision for the team.
Jason Babin voided the final two years of his Jacksonville Jaguars contract and is now a free agent.
— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) March 10, 2014
Babin, 33, who was originally claimed off waivers by the Jaguars in the 2012 NFL season and finished his tenure with the team totaling just nine sacks, voided the final two years that were left on his contract. Babin was the first “LEO” in Jacksonville’s new defense.
Babin’s release saves the Jaguars roughly $6 million on their 2014 salary cap, putting in the ballpark now of $60 million, plenty of ammunition for free agency. It’s likely the Jaguars address the pass rusher position in the draft or free agency, maybe even more so now with Babin’s absence.
Jaguars beat writer Ryan O’Halloran mentioned the possibility of Babin returning before the season starts which isn’t totally out of the question. However, with Ryan Davis and Andre Branch returning, Babin’s $6 million salary didn’t match his past production or the amount of playing time he’d likely have in 2014.
#Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said team keeping options open on DE Jason Babin, who has opted out of his deal and is a free agent.
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) March 10, 2014
Babin was originally drafted in the first round by the Houston Texans in the 2004 NFL Draft and had stints with the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans before joining Jacksonville.
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