The Eagles announced today that they released Jason Babin from the roster. Babin’s play, along with the rest of the defensive line, had fallen off dramatically from last year when he recorded 18 sacks.
It’s a surprising move in that they did it now, but he was likely going to be released at the end of the season anyway. This allows the front office to see more of Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, and Phillip Hunt the rest of the season. Seeing them play more snaps will let the Eagles determine whether or not they have a starting-caliber DE on the roster opposite Trent Cole. If these players struggle, look for the Eagles to acquire a veteran DE in free agency.
Could we see more of these moves the rest of the season? Perhaps. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Curtis Marsh start a game over Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or Nnamdi Asomugha at some point. With Desean Jackson on injured reserve, they’re also going to be able to get an extended look at Jeremy Maclin as a #1 WR and also see more snaps from Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, and the newly-acquired Greg Salas on the outside.
One thing is for sure, however: change is coming in Philadelphia. It might be tomorrow, it might be next week, it might be after the season. The “when” might be up in the air, but the “what” is certain. This roster and coaching staff will look much different next season.