Jason Babin contract: Jaguars DE can become free agent after 2013

Rich Schultz

Newly claimed defensive end Jason Babin can become a free agent after 2013, if he choses.

The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed defensive end Jason Babin off waivers on Wednesday after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the week. With claiming Babin, the Jaguars also pick up his current contract which runs through the 2015 season.

Due to something in the new CBA however, Babin can declare himself a free agent after the 2013 season if he chooses.

Article 29, Section 1(a) of the CBA explains that vested veterans (i.e., players with four or more years of service) who are claimed on waivers after the trading deadline "shall have the right to declare himself an Unrestricted Free Agent . . . at the end of the League Year following the League Year in which he is waived and awarded."

The Jaguars will have Babin's services for the remainder of the 2013 season at the least, unless the team decides to cut him before the end of the season. If the Jaguars do release him before the end of the season, despite being a vested veteran, they will not owe the remainder of Babin's salary because he has already received "termination pay" when he was released by the Seattle Seahawks in 2008.

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