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Jason Babin To Eagles Leaves Ray Edwards As Potential Target For Falcons

UPDATE: Mathias Kiwanuka Will Re-Sign With New York 

Early this morning, the Eagles reportedly agreed to terms on a five-year contract with former Titans DE Jason Babin. Babin's coming off an 11.5 sacks effort in 2010, and had some familiarity with the Eagles defensive line coach. Babin himself confirmed that the Falcons had inquired about his services earlier this week.

After pushing hard for the Panthers' Charles Johnson, the Falcons came up short when the team basically offered QB money to keep Johnson with the Panthers for a long time.

However, with Babin now an Eagle that essentially narrows  the Falcons' DE options to Ray Edwards and Mathias Kiwanuka. Though rumors have been circulating that the Falcons have no interest in pursuing Edwards, John Clayton reported that the Falcons were still very much a part of the race for the disgruntled Vikings DE. Several other teams are reportedly interested as well, including the Titans and Seahawks.

As for Kiwanuka, the Giants seem very likely to bring him back to New York, especially when you consider that the team may cut an unhappy Osi Umenyiorawho plans to hold out from camp amidst a contract dispute.

As it stands, both Edwards and Kiwanuka are technically still Falcons targets. However, in reality there is now a strong likelihood that the Falcons focus on keeping Tyson Clabo and don't bring in a free agent DE at all.

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