Atlanta Falcons: Team has no interest in signing Jason Babin

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason Babin (93) celebrates a sack in the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason Babin (93) celebrates a sack in the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons, who released one of their own defensive ends earlier this season, have no interest in signing defensive end Jason Babin, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s plans.

The person did not want to be identified discussing the team’s internal deliberations.

Babin was released by the Philadelphia Eagles today. Babin was having a poor season for the Eagles after posting a career-high 18 sacks last season. He has 5.5 sacks this season. His 36 sacks since 2010 is third in the NFL behind Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware and Minnesota’s Jared Allen.

Babin was available when the Falcons signed Ray Edwards and they did not pursue him. Instead, the Falcons went after Carolina’s Charles Johnson and then went after Edwards.

The Falcons released Edwards on Nov. 12. He cleared waivers and is currently a free agent.

The Falcons signed Edwards as a free agent in July 2011, giving him $11 million in guaranteed salary on a five-year deal. But Edwards produced little in the way of sacks (3.5) or quarterback pressures in 25 games with the Falcons.

Edwards started all 16 games in 2011 and four of nine games this season. Edwards’ playing time had decreased this season, a development coach Mike Smith and offensive coordinator Mike Nolan attributed to extensive use of special personnel packages.

His playing time has been gobbled up by Jonathan Babineaux, who’s playing more defensive end than tackle now. Also, Cliff Matthews has picked up some of Edwards’ snaps.

The Falcons have 26 sacks this season, which ranks 16th in the league. Denver leads the NFL with 37 sacks.

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121 comments Add your comment

robertussen

November 27th, 2012
8:02 pm

the falcons did have interest in babin and he said so him self but he went back to philly. not saying we should sign him though. im also not against it.

billyho55

November 27th, 2012
8:04 pm

THANKS FOR THE UPDATE D! WISH WE WOULD HAVE TALKED TO HIM IN PERSON, AT THE LEAST!

ama@1

November 27th, 2012
8:04 pm

don’t need him now.

The Biscuit

November 27th, 2012
8:05 pm

Any reason why the Falcons wouldn’t even consider the third ranked sack leader of the past two years? Seems like he could help bring much needed pressure on the opposing quarterback. Even average would be an improvement over Ray Edwards.

billyho55

November 27th, 2012
8:08 pm

OH WELL, I GUESS BLANK ISN’T AS COMMITTED TO WINNING A SUPER BOWL AS HE HAS CONTINUOUSLY STATED! A GUY LIKE THIS DOESN’T COME ALONG DURING THE STRETCH RUN MUCH, IF AT ALL! IS THERE SOMETHING I’M MISSING D?

techduck

November 27th, 2012
8:15 pm

You said it right man ,Stupid falcons aren”t interest in Jason Babin that was just release from eagles,This man could be the missing part of the puzzle that we need to get over the top of the NFL of being the best Team this year.He”s way better than the best one on the entire deffence we have in Atlanta.Don”t suprise me one little bit STUPID STUPID. A pass rusher of this caliber and give up on him.How Stupid is this ?

OHIOdirtybird!!!

November 27th, 2012
8:18 pm

Is anyone else confused by this??…….I mean, Jerry is hurt, Sid is hurt, Peters is dinged up, we just released Edwards, and Babs is playing more DE. Why not at least see if we can get him for a reasonable price and move Babs back inside?? Seems like it would be worth looking into from a depth stand point at least

fanATicaL

November 27th, 2012
8:20 pm

Dled is this opinion or have you talked to TD,or an orgaanization rep ? Babin has the Falcons on his workout tour

RogueRunr

November 27th, 2012
8:20 pm

D@mn billyho55 -
Just because Blank doesn’t go after someone you like he’s not committed to winning a super bowl. Could it be that the Falcons know something about Babin that you don’t know? They didn’t pursue him in free agency, and apparently are not pursuing him now. Does not mean they’re not committed to winning.

Who Dat

November 27th, 2012
8:22 pm

Ledbetter Said … What they did in the past…. He said noting about the talks which took place today with him and the Falcons…… Report the truth ……… Lying Lazy ass Ledbetter…….. AJC please change reporters to cover the falcons. This man has even amitted He is not a big Footballl fan.

Wabe

November 27th, 2012
8:22 pm

I read an article posted on another blog from a Philly site saying Babin was flying to Atlanta to talk with the Falcons, and then planned to fly to NOLA, and then Denver on Wednesday…

Not sure what to make of all these stories.

JSin

November 27th, 2012
8:23 pm

So confused. Why would they not be interested. Clearly an upgrade over our ends other than Abraham. Look what teams like the giants do to a quarterback when they have two stud ends. We need to make this move!

billyho55

November 27th, 2012
8:24 pm

Rogue,
I REALLY HOPE I AM MISSING SOMETHING HERE MY MAN! DIMITROFF DID COME FROM NE SO THIS COULD ALSO BE A SMOKESCREEN!

dgreene

November 27th, 2012
8:24 pm

Any off the record discussions that support this claim? Any references from TD that they’re happy with the current depth at DE? Those things would strengthen the claim of this report.

Gee

November 27th, 2012
8:26 pm

I am so damn tired of the falcon front office management. We need help on the passing, rushing defense. Just to close the door on Jason don’t make sense. Arthur want us to help him built a new stadium, but he want listen to the fans. We need help on the DE side of the ball. The falcons don’t have enough juice in the tank to win a superbowl with the ends now.

real talk

November 27th, 2012
8:27 pm

Why aren’t we interested when Abraham has no help? Just curious? Does Babin have any injuries. If no, we should at least take a serious look.

JTB

November 27th, 2012
8:28 pm

So should I believe you or John Clayton?!…According to clayton we have expressed interest in signing Babin! It was just on ESPN! in fact if you go to nfl.com it talks about Babin saying that ATL was interested last year along with others over last off season!….

Im not trying to snap but its not like we DONT need a player like Babin! Like someone else said he may be the missing piece!….

Are you sure your story is right because its not like the ATL is a top 5 or 10 sack team! Where are your sources coming from Dled?

BooKooDevil

November 27th, 2012
8:28 pm

The Falcons are reverting to thier old ways. They are so sure that adding a new player this late into the season would upset the status quo. AAHH wrong this is a defensive end-Ball snap, go get quarterback, how disruptive could he be to the our sometime poor past defense. If anything he would be disruptive to the opposing QB. Think about it Smitty……

RogueRunr

November 27th, 2012
8:29 pm

billyho55 -
Yeah, it could be. But I remember how high the team was on another free agent DE who had a large number of sacks just two years ago. Signed him, paid him well; just released him two weeks ago. Sounds familiar?

Hawes

November 27th, 2012
8:29 pm

Babin is terrible against the run.

He’d fit right in.

The only problem is that he’d be AWESOME to unleash on Drew Brees Thursday but won’t be in uniform in time.

the silverman

November 27th, 2012
8:32 pm

I hope this is a smoke screen and we end up signing him. From a depth standoint I cant see how it doesnt help.

BooKooDevil

November 27th, 2012
8:33 pm

He would be great as a second and third down rusher. And he could suit up as early as thursday when we beat up on the aint’s.

billyho55

November 27th, 2012
8:33 pm

Who Dat,
C’MON MAN, LAY OFF ON D! IF YOU’RE SO CONCERNED WITH HIS REPORTING HOW ABOUT YOU GO INTERVIEW WITH THE AJC AND SEE IF YOU COULD DO A BETTER JOB! MY GUESS WOULD BE…NO WAY, NO HOW! THE MAN HAS BEEN PEPPERED WITH ?’S ABOUT THIS AND HE GAVE US AN ANSWER! DON’T HAVE TO LIKE THE ANSWER BUT IT’S AN ANSWER NONETHELESS!

BooKooDevil

November 27th, 2012
8:36 pm

That other DE we released I hated his performance especially since we share the same last name. My brother sent an email to the Falcons telling them not to sign him. All for nought. His sack totals are down in Philly because the opposing teams have the lead, no need for a pass rusher…..

BooKooDevil

November 27th, 2012
8:37 pm

My last post I mean Babin totals are down in Philly.

real talk

November 27th, 2012
8:39 pm

RogueRunr

November 27th, 2012
8:43 pm

BooKooDevil -
That makes no sense. Teams have not had he lead on the Eagles every minute of every game. Maybe if Babin was getting the sacks he got in the past, the Eagles would be leading most of the time. Sacks are needed to prevent leads as well as protected leads, as well as trying to get the lead.

RogueRunr

November 27th, 2012
8:44 pm

“protect” leads

Gee

November 27th, 2012
8:45 pm

I got season tickets. I work hard everyday so I can afford my season ticket. If we don’t try out Babin. Remeber, the power is in the people, Social media is a great tool to bad mouth the falcon organization.

Sausage King of Chicago

November 27th, 2012
8:46 pm

According to who?

Big Crimson 75

November 27th, 2012
8:48 pm

Babin could definitely help our pass rush.
He’s awful against the run, butt the guy can rush the passer.
His low sack total this year is a result in getting double teams(he won’t see those here) & Philly is defending the run by the 3rd qtr of every game!!
Why not take a chance?

billyho55

November 27th, 2012
8:49 pm

SOMETHING JUST DOESN’T SIT RIGHT ON THIS ONE FELLAS! LIKE I STATED BEFORE…THIS COULD ALL BE A HUGE SMOKESCREEN! IF DIMITROFF AND CO. CAME OUT AND SAID WE WANT THIS GUY OTHER TEAMS WOULD PROBABLY JUMP ALL OVER HIM AND SINCE WE ARE SO FAR DOWN ON THE WAIVER PROCESS I CAN’T BLAME THE MAN! AGAIN, SOMETHING JUST DOESN’T SIT RIGHT ON THIS ONE!

RUSSELL

November 27th, 2012
9:02 pm

would love this pick up i wouldnt use him on first down or running down him and abraham can be on the sidelines until its a 3rd and long i guarantee he would draw sum attention and that could free up babx up the middle….

RogueRunr

November 27th, 2012
9:04 pm

jaz

November 27th, 2012
9:25 pm

Like the man said:
Babin, age 23, looking for work. Resigned as a free agent with the Eagles 2 seasons ago with a 5-year $28 M contract. Has had 5.5 sacks this season.

Hobbler

November 27th, 2012
9:25 pm

Come on Falcons, we need Babin by Thursday night to put the heat on Brees and thru the playoffs. Give Abe some help from the other side… Like Zook and Humphry ole days.

jaz

November 27th, 2012
9:27 pm

Slight error: Babin, age 32

Wabe

November 27th, 2012
9:31 pm

I’m thinking D.Led is just scooping to folks what the Falcons PR office is scooping to everybody…

The Falcons have been pretty ‘under the radar’ with all their moves since TD’s gotten here. They don’t publicize anything. Saying the Falcons have no interest in Babin may just be something to downplay fan expectations should they not land him or somewhat of a negotiating tactic.

yellowfever

November 27th, 2012
9:42 pm

Sly Boarders

November 27th, 2012
9:55 pm

Making claims without evidence is irresponsible argumentation. Shame to see it from a professional.

falcons_in_the_house

November 27th, 2012
10:00 pm

First, He has to claim the Waiver wire .. I think someone would pick him before he becomes UFA.

LOL at The Aints

November 27th, 2012
10:18 pm

right on Sly

LOL at The Aints

November 27th, 2012
10:20 pm

Come on D Led, what is your source, the JanitorLOL

LOL at The Aints

November 27th, 2012
10:21 pm

Who by the way is probably a huge Aints Fan. LOL

DR. FALCON

November 27th, 2012
10:45 pm

SIGNING BABIN? WE MIGHT AS WELL HAVE KEPT RAY EDWARDS! I SAY, WE GO WITH WHAT WE GOT! TIRED OF SIGNING THESE HAS BEENS!

The Lowly Aint's

November 27th, 2012
11:23 pm

Seen & aint’s fans, you being here is ok, you’re constant portrayal of the aints being some sort of power house is quite laughable. Someone who foams at the mouth about particlular stats without acknowledgment of their teams history is just ignorant. The last few “wonder” years of the aint’s is all that’s there…….before that ……….nothing. The Falcons were winning division titles and appearing in playoff games waaaaay before the aint’s. I mean, come on 1966 to 2000 without a playoff win….dude thats horrible. Face it, the last few years for the aint’s is just a flash in the pan……soon to be over. You my friend are the delusional one, for sure…..read some books on your sorry team’s history. The way you sound on these boards is quite embarrassing and stupid. Hope you didn’t throw your paper bag away……

Babin brings Balance

November 27th, 2012
11:29 pm

D.Led is an idiot. Babin would bring balance to our line and bring a better pass rush. He was with the eagles and was the 1st or 2nd on their team with sacks. 5.5 sacks more than any falcons player (except abraham). I can see this helping abraham increase his numbers and also resting more for the playoffs. I think the falcons snag babin who is a proven pass rusher and would make our d-line instantly better. Plus his morale would be higher seeing as how he would be on a winning team thus improving his morale. Not to mention how he would aid bierman, babs and our other lineman because babin is someone you have one you have to game plan for. what better way to get to brees than to have TWO elite pass rushers??

WTF#33

November 27th, 2012
11:31 pm

Dr. Falcon, really? Go with what we got. Have you watched any of the games this year? Our D-line does not get consistent pressure on the QB. It is like they get stood up at the line of scrimmage and just run in place. The opposing QB shows no concern for our anemic pass rush and always has a clean pocket to throw from. Tell me when is the last time you saw our pass rush get pressure on back to back plays causing the QB to be rattled. Teams only have a concern for Abe and if he does not get to the QB, we are likely to give up big plays on passing downs. If you do not think Babin is an upgrade over what we have now, well you are smoking something. He is so called having a down year with 5.5 sacks which would be second to Abe I he was on the Falcons. COME ON MAN!!!!!! Get real.

Babin brings Balance

November 27th, 2012
11:32 pm

oh yeah and P.S. did i mention that D.Led is an idiot

LOL at The Aints

November 27th, 2012
11:37 pm

You’re correct BBB, but if we dont go get him there must be more here than meets the eye,, i trust TD to do the right thing,but, if he does’nt FIRE HIM!! LOL