The Eagles say they can't confirm any free agent moves until tomorrow at 6 p.m., but multiple reports indicate they have signed defensive end Jason Babin to a five-year deal.
Babin, 31, was an Eagle for the 2009 season, as he transitioned from 3-4 linebacker to 4-3 d-end, but was not brought back. He went to Tennessee, where he flourished under defensive line coach Jim Washburn, now with the Eagles. Babin made the Pro Bowl, notching 12.5 sacks.
The Nashville Tennessean reports that the Eagles are giving Babin $28 million over five years, with $5 million to $6 million guaranteed.
Babin was a first-round pick of the Houston Texans who never really caught on. He drifted through Kansas City and Seattle, along with the Eagles, where he looked good in spots, certainly was an adequate backup type. Washburn allowed him to line up wide and use his speed to optimum advantage.
The Eagles badly needed to fortify the spot opposite Babin's fellow hunting enthusiast, Trent Cole. Brandon Graham, their 2010 first-round pick, will not be ready for the start of the season after ACL and microfracture surgery.
Signing Babin almost certainly means the Eagles will not make any other major defensive line moves in free agency, but stay tuned for Kevin Kolb news and other FA possibilities.