With defensive end Jason Babin on waivers after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles, various teams around the NFL will be evaluating their rosters to see if the 32-year-old is a fit. One of those teams could be the Chicago Bears, who don't exactly have a hole at defensive end but could be in a position to work Babin in a limited role. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune spoke to a scout regarding what Babin still has left in the tank:
"He's not as explosive as he was last year," said the scout. "He's a one-dimensional, get upfield guy. Maybe for a contender that is beat up he would work but ($1.64 million) is a lot of money for the final five games, especially if you've got young players you want to use. He can rush the passer but he's not going to play the run much."
The scout went onto say that Babin would fit in Chicago as a third-down, situational pass rusher but that he doesn't think the Bears need the defensive end. Considering Chicago's 8-3 record, it's unlikely that the Bears will win a claim on Babin unless nearly every other team passes on him. Waiver claims are due by 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, with the winner being announced at 4 p.m.
Babin had a career-high 18 sacks for the Eagles last season, but that number has dropped to just 5.5 through 11 games this season. Of Babin's 54 career sacks, 41 came in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He entered the league in 2004 as a first-round draft pick of the Houston Texans.