Jason Babin didn’t wind up with the Washington Redskins, awarded to the Jacksonville Jaguars off waivers Wednesday, but coach Mike Shanahan liked him enough to try to nab him.
“We thought enough about him to put a claim on,” Shanahan said. “He’s an excellent pass-rusher; everybody knows what he’s done. We know a number of guys that know him quite well. Obviously we put a claim on, but we didn’t get him.”
Babin had 5 1/2 sacks in 11 games with the Philadelphia Eagles before being released. He’s expected to fit in as a defensive end in the Jaguars’ 4-3 defense.
But the major unknown if the Redskins claimed Babin was whether he could contribute as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He played that with the Seattle Seahawks but it didn’t work out.
The Redskins could use more help in the pass-rush department, especially after losing Brian Orakpo earlier in the season with a torn left pectoral muscle. Ryan Kerrigan has essentially been on his own rushing from the outside, with ends Stephen Bowen and Jarvis Jenkins more dependable at stopping the run.
Babin went from the 3-8 Eagles to the 2-9 Jaguars. Asked by Jacksonville reporters if he would’ve rather been claimed by a contender, he said: “Honestly, I didn’t have time to think about it. I didn’t know how the process worked. I didn’t know what to expect.” (Quote via The Times-Union)
The Redskins were one of three teams to put a waiver claim in for Babin, along with the Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.