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Should Jets try to claim Babin?

The reeling Eagles made news Tuesday, releasing DE Jason Babin, one of the league's most prolific pass rushers.

The Jets' pass rush needs a boost in the worst way. They have only 17 sacks in 11 games, and the team leader is -- are you ready for this? -- graybeard OLB Bryan Thomas (2.5). In case you're wondering, the team mark for fewest sacks in a 16-game season is 22, set in 1978.

Should the Jets make a play for Babin, who is subject to the waiver system? Heck, yeah.

With only 5.5 sacks, Babin isn't having a great year -- is anybody in Philadelphia -- but this is the same player who racked up 18 last season. He did a number on the Jets last December, recording three sacks in a blowout win for the Eagles.

Any team that claims him on waivers would be responsible for about $1.6 million in remaining 2012 salary. In 2013, his salary is $4.325 million, which isn't crazy. Babin is a DE/OLB 'tweener, so he wouldn't be an ideal fit in the Jets' 3-4 base scheme, but he certainly would help as a third-down pass rusher.

The Jets are 12th in the waiver priority, according to the NFL, so any interest could be moot.

The Jets aren't expected to put in a claim for Babin. If he clears waivers -- unlikely -- they could pursue him as a free agent.