Coming off big season, Jason Babin waiting for pay day

Former 1st round pick flourished for Titans Brad Biggs

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Like everyone else, Jason Babin is waiting to see when the NFL’s labor mess will finally be sorted out.

Then, the former first-round draft pick of the Houston Texans in 2004 can get a big bite of free agency. Babin, who never worked out for the Texans, flourished last season with the Tennessee Titans when he was playing on a $1 million, one-year contract. He credits line coach Jim Washburn, who has since moved on to the Philadelphia Eagles, for helping him succeed. Interestingly, Philadelphia is another team Babin has played for previoiusly.

He’s in line for much more security now as the 31-year-old is coming off a season with 12 ½ sacks. Edge rushers are always in demand and there will be a market for Babin.

“The lockout happened on March 2 so I wasn't able to get a feel for the teams wanting to court me,” Babin told the Detroit News. “I'm sure I'll have a couple of knocks on me with last season being my first big year and my age, but I don't have the mileage per se.

“I've been garage-kept for a few seasons and I'm now out of the box. I'm looking to get a three- or four-year contract. I plan to play the last few years on my terms.”

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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