It’s not everyday you see a player void his own contract and give up more than twelve million dollars in the process. That’s exactly what former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin did this evening, however. It’s clear that Babin is no longer interested in playing for a team not likely to compete for a championship and probably doesn’t think that highly of the Jaguar’s chances in 2014. The Patriots are certainly in the market for a veteran pass rusher and Babin could be an option, but only if he’s willing to take a pay cut, which you would think he is given that he voided his own contract. The 7.5 sacks he had last season are probably not the kind of numbers that will generate more than the six million he was set to earn had he stayed with the Jaguars, so it may be that the Patriots, or another team likely to be competitive in 2014, could lure Babin in with a lesser offer.
But Babin is only one of many high quality veteran pass rushers available in free agency. The list is highlighted by Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and Michael Johnson. If the Patriots can entice one of these veteran pass rushers to sign a team-friendly contract based on the opportunity it would provide that player to compete for a championship, the team should certainly do it. The Patriots defense would benefit greatly from a veteran pass rusher to team up with Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich and could bring the defense to the next level.