The Jacksonville Jaguars have released defensive end Jason Babin. Ironically enough, it's the second time Babin has left the Jags in just this offseason.
He voided the final two years of his contract in March, hitting the free-agent market before the Jaguars cut him. Jacksonville brought him back at a reduced rate.
Babin eventually signed a three-year contract worth $7.275 million that included a $500,000 signing bonus. Babin also received a $75,000 workout bonus but was also scheduled to earn a $500,000 roster bonus if he made the 53-man roster for the season opener.
After signing Chris Clemons in free agency to pair with Andre Branch, Ryan Davis and rookie Chris Smith, there was little room for the 34-year-old Babin on a rebuilding roster. By releasing Babin now, the Jaguars are giving him a chance to catch on with another club before training camp.
Babin led the team with 7 1/2 sacks last season. He has 62.5 in his 10 NFL seasons.
For a team in need of a veteran pass-rusher who probably is best served in a rotational role coming off the bench, Babin could be a solid addition at the right price.
He immediately becomes the best DE on the free agent market.