Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Todd Wash talks to defensive end Jason Babin (58) in the second quarter of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field. The Indianapolis Colts beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Released Defensive End Jason Babin Might Make Sense For Detroit Lions

Over the past few days, there’s been plenty of casual debate about whether or not the Detroit Lions might be interested in former Kansas City Cheifs cornerback Brandon Flowers, and the implications of signing Flowers.

Flowers, though, may or may not fit Detroit’s scheme, and the Lions may or may not have actual interest in adding the corner depending on who you talk to. Thursday, Flowers was visiting the San Diego Chargers, in addition to having reported interest from teams like New England, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Minnesota and Atlanta.

Also on Thursday, however, a much better choice for the Lions may have become available. The Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive end Jason Babin, a 34 year-old veteran with a knack for getting to the quarterback, in the midst of a youth movement along the defensive line. Detroit, of course, could use another veteran pass rusher to help out along their line, which already features plenty of youth.

In that role, Babin could serve as the Lions’ newer version of Kyle Vanden Bosch, who was brought in to be a veteran stop gap and help mentor players such as Cliff Avril and Willie Young, doing so in an outstanding way. Babin is from Michigan, so the move could represent an intriguing homecoming near the end of a career. Locally, he played for Western Michigan University and is from Kalamazoo.

Having played for Jim Washburn after signing with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to 2011, Babin could also find a fit in scheme in Detroit, where Washburn remains employed. Though Babin was unceremoniously released by the Eagles, Washburn was among those most vocally upset about the move when it happened.

Aside from Darryl Tapp who can also occupy space at outside linebacker, the Lions didn’t add much in the way of veteran pass rushers this offseason. They had Young subtracted by the Chicago Bears, so adding Babin could help with both depth and mentorship. All told in his career, Babin has collected 62.5 sacks and 14 forced fumbles, which are not shabby numbers, either.

Adding Babin could help with both depth and mentorship.

With Ziggy Ansah, Devin Taylor and a young Larry Webster in the fold, the Lions might need a veteran like Babin to tie everything together. Given the fact that a few staff members could be loyal to Babin and the defensive end might want to finish his career at home, the chances of Babin joining the Lions might be greater than Flowers.

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  • twelsh36446

    Blah he’s to old. By the way Young got eliminated by Taylors play, and he became a cap victim because of Taylor being so good.

    • Kent Lee Platte

      Babin wouldn’t be coming in to replace Taylor, who looks like he’s ready to start. He’s there because while we as fans tend to assume development for players, that isn’t always or even often the case. If Taylor takes a step back or if his play was a fluke, or worst case scenario being injury, Babin would provide a smaller drop off in pass rushing productivity than someone like Tapp or one of our UDFAs.

  • Herman Moore

    Tell me again why we need this guy? He’s old, and the Lions have no need for a “stopgap” veteran at DE.

    • Kent Lee Platte

      I don’t think Babin would be an option to start or play as a stopgap,
      not at all. His best days are behind him and he never moved past that
      one way player status.

      What Babin would bring is simple sub package support, something he’d be a better option at than Daryl Tapp.

  • twelsh36446

    No more VBs please. We have enough old guys on the roster. Lets give the rookies a chance.