The Atlanta Falcons made what was probably a fairly easy decision right after the Super Bowl. Instead of making any attempt to re-sign defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, they quietly bid adieu. It’s tough for us as fans, because we grew attached to the man affectionally known as “Babs.” The Falcons took him in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft. His longevity, especially given that he played in the trenches, is truly remarkable.
Babs probably knew the three-year, $9 million extension he signed in March 2014 was his last. He’s 35 years old now, and notwithstanding his fantastic body of work, he was just part of the rotation in 2016. Meanwhile, the Falcons went out and signed a shiny new defensive end in free agency, handing him a three-year, $8.8 million dollar contract. Oh, and they gave him Babs’ number too. If Instagram comments are any indication, Babs might be a little salty.
I’ll admit, this could arguably be nothing. Maybe he’s messing with Crawford, keeping it light! Social media isn’t that serious. On the other hand, if we’re considering Babs’ feelings, the counterpoint makes sense. Most professional players don’t go out on their own terms. If the Falcons didn’t throw away a 25 point lead in the Super Bowl, Babs would’ve been sent off in style. And now he’s left wondering.
Even if Babs doesn’t have any desire to play going forward, the fact that the team gave away his number so quickly is a little strange. Your thoughts?