Every since sports as morphed into a multi-million dollar enterprise over the past 30 years, there have been a handful of brutal, team-crippling deals signed that have crippled teams for multiple years. The Eagles have dished out a handful of contracts that haven’t gotten their expected return in recent years. But one such deal they struck gold on was the offseason signing of defensive end Jason Babin a year ago.
CBSSports.com’s Jason La Confora ranks the sack artists contract as the 11th best in the NFL. Here’s what he had to say.
Criticize the Eagles and their Dream Team all you like, but everyone except for Nnamdi was signed to very cap-friendly and team-friendly deals. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn knew Babin well from his days at the Titans, and all this guy did was go out and challenge the NFL’s single-season sack mark in his first year in Philly. The deal remains very cap-friendly and even in the event of injury, the cap prorations are set up so that the Eagles are protected and the team’s cap is in great shape moving forward. Some of those moves from a year ago didn’t work so well on the field, but this one certainly did (and Cullen Jenkins’ deal is set up similarly as well, and Vince Young was only there for a year, and clearly trading Kevin Kolb made sense, too).