"Obviously, it was a surprise," Babin said after his first practice with the Ravens on Wednesday. "I think the coach said they want to win. But then in hindsight ... the general manager talked about building. Who knows what is exactly going on?"
Babin, 35, produced two sacks and 27 quarterback hurries in 2014, which was his first season of a three-year, $8.275 million contract with the Jets. New York saved $1.5 million against the cap by releasing him.
But Babin believes it worked out for the best for him by landing with the Ravens, a perennial playoff team known for its strong defenses.
"I don't think I could've drawn it up any better," Babin said. "I've always watched them play and I've always admired how they play. To be a part of this defense is really special to me."