Jason Babin on Bears radar; Eagles could be strong suitor

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 07/25/2011, 11:00pm

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The Bears aren’t expected to make a Julius Peppers type of signing.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t address the same position.

The Bears have defensive end Jason Babin on their radar, according to a league source, adding another quality pass rusher to one of the team’s most important units.

Babin isn’t expected to re-sign with the Tennessee Titans, even though he tallied 12 1/2 sacks last season and earned a Pro Bowl spot.

But Babin should have several suitors. In fact, one would be packed with irony.

In 2009, Babin played for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he notched only 2 1/2 sacks in 12 games.

The Eagles let him go, and Babin dominated on an otherwise blase Titans defensive line last season.

So what’s the connection?

The Eagles this offseason hired Jim Washburn, who most recently was the defensive line coach for the Titans.

The Eagles are also rumored to be in the market for former Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards. But Washburn could lobby for Babin instead.

The price tag for Babin is unclear, especially since he’s 31 years old. But, he perhaps one contract to consider is Kyle Vanden Bosch, who signed a four-year, $26 million contract with the Detroit Lions last offseason that included $10 million in guarantees.

Vanden Bosch is also a former Titan.

Titans head coach Jeff Fisher sounded as if there was a competition going on between the Eagles and Titans for his services.