DE Babin arrives for visit with Titans

Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 4:18pm

Jason Babin, a free agent defensive end from the Philadelphia Eagles, arrived in Nashville Sunday and will be the team’s first free agent visitor of the off-season on Monday.

Babin, 29, recorded 2.5 sacks for the Philadelphia Eagles this past season and has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks after being a first-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2004.

"They've been interested in him all the way through the process," Babin's agent Tony Agnone said. "He can rush passer pretty well and they feel like he has some upside and has a real good future."

Coincidentally, Agnone also represents Kyle Vanden Bosch, who left the Titans for Detroit, thanks to a four-year, $26 million deal agreed to Friday morning.

The Jacksonville Jaguars had had some interest in Babin, but that interest might have waned somewhat after they signed Aaron Kampman on Sunday.

Ironically, the pick that the Texans used to select Babin out of Western Michigan, was one that came from the Titans. Tennessee traded Houston that choice, the 27th overall that year, and a fifth-round pick that year for three Texans draft choices in that draft.

Those picks were used to acquire defensive tackle Randy Starks, defensive end Bo Schobel and guard Jacob Bell.

The Titans lost Vanden Bosch to the Lions after Jim Schwartz paid a visit to Vanden Bosch’s home at the outset of free agency. Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham is happy to have him in Detroit as a key component of that team’s rebuilding process.

“Kyle is still a good player and a difference maker,” Cunningham said of the 31-year-old defensive end. “You’d better be able to use help for your left tackle [against him].”

Thus far, Babin is the only player the Titans have scheduled for a free agent visit.

There had been a report of interest in journeyman defensive end Marques Douglas of the New York Jets, but according to a source, that does not appear to be the case.

Douglas visited the Titans when he was a free agent in 2008, but signed instead with the Baltimore Ravens.


6 Comments on this post:

By: sudalaal on 3/7/10 at 7:40

First ... Second ... instead of Babin (29, 6-3, 267; 2009: 12 G, 16 T, 2.5 sacks, 0 FF, 0 PD; 2008: 9 G, 32 T, 2 sacks, 0 FF, 0 PD; 32 missed games for his career, including all of 2007), how about Jimmy Wilkerson (29, 6-2, 270; 2009: 15 G, 46 T, 6 sacks, 2 FF, 2 PD; 2008: 16 G, 23 T, 5 sacks, 1 FF, 2 PD; 8 games missed in his career). Third, why isn't the FO going after Leigh Bodden (28, 6-1, 193; 55 T, 5 Ints, 1 FF, 18 PD for NWE). Fourth ... demonicstrawberry is right ... Derrick Mason would be a no brainer (2009: 73 Rec, 14.1 avg, 7 TDs and 8 1,000 yd seasons in the last 9 yrs) both as a starter alongside Britt and a mentor to Britt, Washington and Hawkins. Fifth ... Will Witherspoon (29, 6-1, 239; 2008: 91 T, 1 Int, 1 FF, 5 PD for STL & PHI). Sixth, and finally, can someone who has access please remind the FO of 2006 (Hope, Mawae, Thornton).

By: wayneCaluger on 3/8/10 at 9:08

Per an article a few days ago two other teams in addition to the Jag's were also interested in Babin. I think it was the Bronco's and Skins but regardless other teams will likely offered more money and better chance for playoff and championship money. Like one sports writer said 'we finally found the Titans in their usual spot in the bargain basement, scouring price tags (restricted free agents) to see if any had been mistakenly mis-marked. They should replace GM Mike Reinfeldt with Ms Cheap (writes a newspaper column) since she has more experience in penny-pinching.“

As for Derrick Mason I'm not sure where he is at. He retired a few weeks before training camp and was begged out of retirement by the Ravens. Don't known if he would want to come back to the Titans period. It's clear the Titans going after Crumpler are looking even more to the ground game built around CJ and short passes, so expect our receivers to see even less passes.

The only thing in this madness that makes a little sense is, Bud is putting as much money in the bank in the event of a 2011 players lockout. If there is a lockout the players get zero while the owners collect TV contract money from CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN. Metro-Nashville on the other hand if there is a lock-out or strike will have to cough up the 2011 bond payment since there want be any gate receipts.

I do expect the Titans to lose some of their restricted free agents with first or second round draft pick tags attached after the NFL draft since those draft picks would then fall into the 2011 draft, a season that is looking more and more as a no NFL season.

Other teams are either stocking up or going the direction of the Colts re-signing their own first before looking at the free agency market. The better teams are trying to keep their teams together while the teams that missed the playoff's or championship are trying to better their teams while the Titans are doing virtually nothing.

By: wayneCaluger on 3/8/10 at 9:32

To finish stopping for a phone call and other computer task : sudalaal qustion: "Instead of Babin how about Jimmy Wilkerson?" In looking at the stats my hunch is Babin is an unrestricted free agent, cheaper and you don't have to give up a first or second round draft choice as would be the case for a restricted free agent like a Jimmy Wilkerson.

By: sudalaal on 3/8/10 at 10:00

wayne, the line on Wilkerson from ESPN is as follows:
Jimmy Wilkerson DE UFA 6-2 270 8 Old Team: Buccaneers

He is an unrestricted free agent.

By: TITAN1 on 3/8/10 at 12:25

Wayne, it would not matter what the Titans do, you would still whine. You try to come off like you know more than the coaching staff when you really don't know any more than the rest of us. You are just a chronic complainer.

By: wayneCaluger on 3/8/10 at 7:08

Thanks sudalaal. Based on the stats and age I agree 100% with you would that Wilkerson be the better choice. At this point it appears take whoever, but with Bud things don't make sense business or otherwise.

In 1975 he hired Bum Phillips the most popular of all Oiler coaches. Bum complied a 5-0-0 season record with a 2-3 post season record and Bud fired him in 1980 after losing the first round. In '85 after sending Earl Campbell packing (another unpopular move) Bud aquire Warren Moon from the CFL and hired Jerry Glanville. Ganville went 3-1-0 with a post season 1-3 record replacing him with Jack Pardee in 1990. Pardee went 4-1-0 with a post season record of 1-4.

Now even after wining seasons from 1990 with Pardee in 1993, "Bud vowed to break up the team if they didn't make to the Super Bowl. The Oilers responded with a 12–4 record, their best record ever in Texas, and another AFC Central title, they lost in the second round to the Chiefs. Adams made good on his threat, most significantly trading Moon to the Minnesota Vikings. Without Moon, the Oilers appeared to be a rudderless team. They finished the next season 2–14, the third-worst record for a full season in franchise history.

I think this is what the deal is sending players like Bosch, Bulluck and several others packing and putting several more up for bid as restricted agents.

Upset that Pardee couldn't continue winning without a quarterback Bud replaced him with Fisher middle of '94 season. Showing the popular Warren Moon the highway didn't set well with the fans in Houston.

In 1987, Adams threatened to move the team to Jacksonville, Florida unless the Astrodome was "brought up to date." Not willing to lose the Oilers, the city responded with $67 million in improvements to the Astrodome.These improvements were funded by increases in property taxes and the doubling of the hotel tax, as well as bonds to be paid over 30 years

Eight years later in 1995 Adams lobbied the city for a new stadium. Houston residents were wary of investing more money on a stadium so soon after the Astrodome improvements, and the city was still struggling to recover from the oil collapse of the 1980s. Sensing that he was not going to get the stadium he wanted, began shopping the Oilers to other cities."

So the taxpayers bent over backwards and when they did Bud repaid them. After putting out "City officials there promised to contribute $144 million toward a new stadium" he has already forced Nashville to do additional renovations and the citizens are still holding the bag for $129 million.

This so called owner he doesn't care about player or fan loyalty. Why should he he has the taxpayers on the hook. If you don't support the team you have to make the bond payment not him. In my book he is nothing more than P.T Barnum, get a couple of exciting offensive players like a Moon, McNair, VY, White shoes Johnson, Campbell, George and CJ and when done kick them out the door.