We can't hide our enthusiasm for the future of the Jacksonville Jaguars. It's bright. But they made a slightly odd move on Wednesday that requires a little unpacking.
The team cut Jason Babin, despite him often working with the first unit this offseason for stretches during workouts. Babin, 34, played fairly well down the stretch and actually accumulated six of his eight sacks last season during the final seven games, supplying a consistent source of pressure for a team that needed it.
And even with the addition of veteran Chris Clemons and rookie Chris Smith, Babin appeared to have a good shot at not only a roster spot, but also a fairly significant role — especially after the team signed him to a three-year, $7.275 million deal back in March. Per the contract, the only guaranteed portion of the deal was what the team already has paid him in the form of a $500,000 roster bonus.
But it's still a little odd — even if, let's say, Babin looked old and slow in OTAs — that they would not carry him through to training camp. It would appear that the Jaguars like what they have at the "Leo" rush spot with Clemons, Smith and Andre Branch and are fine with allowing Babin to find work elsewhere now. It just cost them a half a million bucks to make that decision, is all.
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