When the Atlanta Falcons selected Jonathan Babineaux with the 59th overall pick of the 2005 draft, they had no idea he'd become a franchise defensive tackle. But he's done just that, sticking with a team that's navigated all kinds of shenanigans during his tenure. From the Michael Vick fiasco to Bobby Petrino fleeing in the night to the winningest stretch in franchise history, Babineaux has seen it all.
For a sense of just how rare his sticking power is, look no further than this article. Only 29 defensive players have played 150+ games for the same team between 2000 and 2014. 17 NFL teams haven't had a single player in that category. The Pittsburg Steelers put everyone to shame, having 8 players that fall into that category.
I can't deny that Babineaux is nearing the end of his tenure in Atlanta. He had a fantastic second half last season, but it did take him a while to get going. His run defense in particular was lacking during the first part of the season. As a member of the defensive tackle rotation, Babineaux still has enormous value, with a very justifiable cap number.