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Jaguars claim DE Jason Babin

The defensive end led the NFL in sacks with 18 in the 2011 NFL season.


The Jaguars have claimed defensive end Jason Babin, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, one day after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Babin, 32, had six uneventful seasons with several teams after being drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. In 2010, he had a breakout season with the Titans and tallied 12.5 sacks before signing a large deal with the Eagles. In his first season with the Eagles, he finished third in the NFL in sacks with 18, but was released after 11 games in the 2012 season in which he accumulated 5.5 sacks.

By claiming Babin, the Jaguars are now the owners of the five-year, $27.725 million contract that he signed prior to the 2011 NFL season. After a $1 million signing bonus and a $4 million first-year signing bonus was already paid for by the Eagles, the rest of the contract is now property of the Jaguars.

The Jaguars enter Week 13 in a tie with the Raiders for the NFL's fewest sacks, 13.