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Defensive end Babin on Redskins' radar

While the Redskins don't appear to be in the running for some of the big names that hit the free agency market, a league source confirms the team has had discussions with defensive end Jason Babin, an unrestricted free agent who spent last season with Philadelphia.

Babin, 29, was a first-round choice of the Houston Texans in the 2004 draft and has also played for the Seahawks and Chiefs. His next team will be his fourth in as many seasons. Listed at 6 feet 3, 267 pounds, Babin didn't start any games last season for the Eagles and hasn't been a regular starter since his rookie season in Houston.

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 1:25 AM ET
Categories:  Free agency  
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Wow....!!!!!

Posted by: EGENOUS | March 5, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

LOL the media is clueless... they didn't see this coming with BA running the show??? All the signs were there... and it started when Dan Snyder sat in the audience sans SB trophies at Shanny's intro press conference. It continued with the cutting of all the players today.

Culture Change. Embrace it.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Skins were never in the Peppers race. If not the bears, then the eagles are next up.

Don't want to see him twice a year, but glad that the Skins are being responsible.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 5, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

If Babin didn't even start in Philly, why would we go after him?

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Quite an offense the 'skins are left with:

QB: JC (maybe) BACKUP: Colt Brennan?
RB: Portis BACKUP: NONE
WRs: SAME minus ARE
OLT: No one
OLG: Dockery
C Casey Rabach for three more years
ORG: Will Montgomery
ORT: Fat Mike WIlliams
TE: Cooley, so far

That's not even a good college team.

Posted by: TheCork | March 5, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Time to trade for Anquan Boldin...we need some WR help as well

Posted by: mohammed10 | March 5, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS- from Profootball.com

Let the teeth-gnashing and Ted Thompson-bashing in Green Bay begin.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! says the Redskins! will host Chad Clifton! for a free agent visit! (We've officially entered the punchy portion of the evening.)

Clifton is reportedly looking for $7 million-per-season, and the Packers are only offering $5 million-per-year. He's 33 years old, but easily the best pass protector on the market.

The Redskins are looking to replace Chris Samuels and may be the only team as desperate for tackle help as the Packers. Plus, they are already overdue to make a free agency splash.

In other words, that teeth gnashing is justified.

5 large/year for a 33 y/o OL? WTF?

Posted by: mohammed10 | March 5, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Jason Babin = A preseason star of the Iggles.
How is that any different from our young preseason star in Rob Jackson. What does Babin provide that both Jackson and Jeremy Jarmon could not provide. And don't tell me Jarmon and Jackson are going to play LB either. I don't buy that for one minute. Especially if we sign Dansby for that 4th LB spot behind LFB, Orakpo, SplackIntosh, then add HB Blades, and Chris Wilson for depth. We are set at LB why make all these silly switches of Lorenzo ALexander and Jarmon playing LB, that's just silly ! WHile we are at it, let's put Haynesworth at Free Safety too, yeah that's brilliant !

Posted by: barno-1 | March 5, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

even more importantly, Chad Clifton is coming to town for a visit

Posted by: CPortisRun | March 5, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Don't know much about Clifton but $7 mil per is a lot. No idea if he's worth it but 33 is scary.

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Methinks Shanahan took a look at the film, saw a talented core of young players, and feels that he can address the major holes (like O-line) through the draft.

Next season we're going to see just how much of a difference a coach can make for a team. With the group that Zorn managed to win 4 games with, Shanahan will turn into a playoff contender.

Posted by: psps23 | March 5, 2010 1:34 AM

Agree 100%. Not only will a professional coaching staff do more with this roster, but the players will actually show up to play in games.

Looking forward to seeing a different Skins team in terms of attitude in '10.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 5, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Don't know much about Clifton but $7 mil per is a lot. No idea if he's worth it but 33 is scary.

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 1:40 AM


My thoughts exactly

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 5, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey he's the dude Warren Sapp jacked up fifty yards behind the interception play.

LT in Free agency huh? Hmmm, smells like a QB early.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Looking for quick stopgap at NT?

Jamal Williams was released by the Chargers earlier today. That's a guy I'd look at.

Posted by: psps23 | March 5, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

"5 large/year for a 33 y/o OL? WTF?

Posted by: mohammed10"

Did it say 5 years?

Maybe we offer a 3 year deal at $21 million, $15 of which is a base salary in year one.

I'd love to see how the FA contracts are written this year. Normally you give a guy a big signing bonus and small base salary in the early years of the contract in order to lessen the initial hit on the salary cap. This year, you would think you give most of the money up front in the form of base salary, while minimizing the signing bonus and the latter year base salaries, in case the cap comes back. Should be interesting to see.

Posted by: psps23 | March 5, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Looking for quick stopgap at NT?

Jamal Williams was released by the Chargers earlier today. That's a guy I'd look at.

Posted by: psps23

I'm with the J Williams pick up if we are truly going to a 3-4. This dude is a beast. The Babin discussions make no sense whatsoever and thank goodness we aren't messing with Peppers.

Posted by: dcwun | March 5, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

F*CK FLOYD MAYWEATHER

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

If there is the feeling that 2011 might have a lockout, do you really think teams are going to be willing to put so much cash up front for players? Wouldn't that make it less likely for players to want to deal next year?

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

F*CK FLOYD MAYWEATHER

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe

You mean Floyd Scareweather

Posted by: dcwun | March 5, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

there is no cap you dumb##ses, it's not our money.

Posted by: boot1 | March 5, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

"The Babin discussions make no sense whatsoever"

Could mean Carter is on the trading block. He was unsuccessful earlier in his career in the 3-4, wasn't happy as a result, and he's one of the few veterans that may garner interest from other 4-3 teams looking to land a pass-rusher.

Or it could just mean the Skins see potential in this guy and view him as a risk worth taking. He was a former first rounder, after all.

Posted by: psps23 | March 5, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we offer a 3 year deal at $21 million, $15 of which is a base salary in year one.


It doesnt matter how you slice it, he is not worth more than a few million a year. Let him go back to GB. I would understand if they were dealing with someone like Jammal Brown. You dont overpay for guys who are on their downward spiral.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 5, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

If there is the feeling that 2011 might have a lockout, do you really think teams are going to be willing to put so much cash up front for players? Wouldn't that make it less likely for players to want to deal next year?

Posted by: will_ga

I don't think the up front money will be any different from the past few years. If the players don't strike a deal next year, they won't get paid. As the great Patrick Ewing once said, "Players make a lot of money, but they spend a lot of money."

There won't be a lockout/strike. Book it.

Posted by: dcwun | March 5, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

What?! No Peppers! How is Lavar and Dukes gonna spin this tomorrow? They assured everybody nothing has changed, that the cutting of players was only so that Dan can sign the most expensive free agents available.

Oh Well I'm sure those hacks will come up with something.

Posted by: Predator48 | March 5, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

"If there is the feeling that 2011 might have a lockout, do you really think teams are going to be willing to put so much cash up front for players? Wouldn't that make it less likely for players to want to deal next year?"

Could be. And that could be the difference between traditionally conservative franchises like Pittsburgh and traditionally aggressive ones like Washington. One plays it safe, the other takes the risk.

Posted by: psps23 | March 5, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Could mean Carter is on the trading block. He was unsuccessful earlier in his career in the 3-4, wasn't happy as a result, and he's one of the few veterans that may garner interest from other 4-3 teams looking to land a pass-rusher.

Or it could just mean the Skins see potential in this guy and view him as a risk worth taking. He was a former first rounder, after all.

Posted by: psps23

The move still makes no sense. Trading a proven performer for a journeyman. The coaching staff needs to find a way to best utilize Carter. To consider trading him is crazy and replacing him with Babin is even worse.

Posted by: dcwun | March 5, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Predator, those two are not the only ones scratching their heads on why the Skins are not making any noise right now.

This is a new FO. Responsible football people in charge.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 5, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Mosely on the Beast at ESPN:

Packers left tackle Chad Clifton will be in Ashburn, Va., on Friday to visit with the Redskins, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole. The Redskins are looking to replace Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels, who announced his retirement Thursday.

Clifton, 33, is the top offensive tackle on the free-agent market and he's apparently seeking somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 million a year. With the Redskins desperate for help along the offensive line, it's reasonable to think they'll outbid the Packers for Clifton's services.

We'll be talking to folks at Redskins Park in the morning and we'll let you know if there are any updates. Clifton has started 138 games since being selected in the second round of the 2000 draft.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

beeps folks.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 5, 2010 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Predator, those two are not the only ones scratching their heads on why the Skins are not making any noise right now.

This is a new FO. Responsible football people in charge.

Posted by: Curzon417

Yeah but they've been so out there with their conspiracy theories about Snyder its ridiculous. I mean criticizing him and Vinny one thing,but they take it beyond reasonable.

On the other hand, its good to see a responsible approach to free agency. It means were not just thinking about 2010 only, we're actually planning ahead for once.

Posted by: Predator48 | March 5, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

As discussed above, Carter is an asset in in a 4-3, coming off a Pro-Bowl calibre season. If the new system doesn't suit him, he may be worth a couple of picks, even at his age.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | March 5, 2010 5:07 AM | Report abuse

It's early, way early, but this is an encouraging sign.

Posted by: Pepper5 | March 5, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Looking for quick stopgap at NT?

Jamal Williams was released by the Chargers earlier today. That's a guy I'd look at.

Posted by: psps23

Yes get Jamal...He's a DC guy from Carroll High School..Bring him home...

Posted by: jcnjcnj | March 5, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

leave this old man packer alone and draft the kid from okie state and plug him in there for 10-12 yrs.....there is the start of your foundation. and i was sorry to see that portis, carter, and sellers were not on the cut list

Posted by: mdoughtie22 | March 5, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

i have no issue with releasing aging overpaid players. But, if this 33 yr old LT is the solution for our OL, here were are back into the stupids of running a football team.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

i have no issue with releasing aging overpaid players. But, if this 33 yr old LT is the solution for our OL, here were are back into the stupids of running a football team.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Charles Grant is about to be released by the Saints. If healthy, he's an ideal 5-technique DE for the 'Skins' 3-4 defense. Plus, Hazlett knows him well, as he drafted him originally in N.O. Between him and P.Daniels, the 'Skins could have LE covered.

Posted by: DCtoDE | March 5, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

*******Quite an offense the 'skins are left with:

QB: JC (maybe) BACKUP: Colt Brennan?
RB: Portis BACKUP: NONE
WRs: SAME minus ARE
OLT: No one
OLG: Dockery
C Casey Rabach for three more years
ORG: Will Montgomery
ORT: Fat Mike WIlliams
TE: Cooley, so far

That's not even a good college team.

Posted by: TheCork | March 5, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse
************

Wow. Did I sleep through all of the free agents signing and the draft?

So clueless Cork, nothing new from you.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 5, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

yeah - that's the ticket -- let's sign GB's castoffs, who couldn't protect Aaron Rodgers last year -- that's what we need - more sacks allowed. I like that plan "for 2010, and beyond".

Posted by: dah1963 | March 5, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

this guys been to 3 different teams already,why in hell do we need him?this sounds like vinny and danny boy round 2

Posted by: billydee123 | March 5, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

this guys been to 3 different teams already,why in hell do we need him?this sounds like vinny and danny boy round 2 the d.c merry go round and around and around,with no end in sight.allen and shanny are the same ole soup warmed over

Posted by: billydee123 | March 5, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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