The Philadelphia Eagles have released a statement announcing that the team has decided to release former All-Pro defensive End and 9-year veteran Jason Babin.

Babin, 32-years old, re-joined the Eagles last season after a standout 2010 campaign for the Titans (alongside current Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn). After a stellar 2011 season that saw Babin earn 18 sacks and All-Pro honors, he (like many Eagles this season) has struggled mightily. Babin was signed to a 5-year deal prior to last season during the Eagles “Dream Team” signing spree.

With the current season all but lost, head coach Andy Reid has decided to give some of the younger players more reps. In a statement released today by coach Reid, he indicated that the move will likely pave the way for rookie Vinny Curry and third-year defensive end Brandon Graham.

“We appreciate everything that Jason has given this team over the last couple of years, by releasing him today, this gives us an opportunity to give more playing time to some of younger guys in the rotation…” said Reid.

This move could perhaps be a precursor of what’s to come before the end of the season.

Should Babin be claimed on waivers (the Kansas City Chiefs have first priority), the Eagles will be on the hook for Babin’s full salary this season. If Babin clears waivers, there’s likely to be a slew of contenders looking to bring him in on a pro-rated deal.

Curry and Graham will get plenty of opportunities to prove themselves this Sunday night as they face the Cowboys.

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