One day after the Jaguars claimed him off the waiver wire from the Philadelphia Eagles, defensive end Jason Babin told reporters that he isn't necessarily planning on taking the potential player-option following the 2013 season that would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.
"That's the plan," Babin told reporters on Thursday when asked if he wanted to be with the team long-term. "I think they're thinking the same thing. I am on board with that. I like it here. You have great weather, great coaches, great team and no state income tax."
With just under $1.7 million headed to Babin this season, the 32-year old defensive end is scheduled to receive $4.225 million in the 2013 season and $6 million in each to 2014 and 2015 seasons. Following a slow start to the 2012 season, it would seem doubtful that Babin would receive that kind of compensation as a free agent as a 34-year old after the 2013 NFL season.
"Yeah, I think everyone is excited and happy," Babin said. "Honestly, I saw the way practice was today and honestly I got a lot more excited. I don't think the record really reflects the caliber of the team."
Babin has 53.5 careers sacks, only 1.5 fewer than Tony Brackens, the all-time leader in sacks with the Jaguars.