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Mike Shanahan Downplays Reasons For Redskins’ Waiver Claim On Jason Babin

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Mike Shanahan declined to elaborate on the reasons why the Washington Redskins placed a waiver claim on Jason Babin on Wednesday.

Babin, 32, was released by Philadelphia on Tuesday and awarded to Jacksonville a day later. Buffalo also placed a claim on the pass-rusher, who had 18.5 sacks last season, 5.5 this season and an expensive, back-loaded five-year, $28 million contract he signed in 2011.

“Since he’s not with us and he’s on another football team, I’ll just let that go,” Shanahan said. “But we thought enough about him to put a claim on him. He’s an excellent pass rusher. Everybody knows what he’s done. I know a number of guys that know him quite well, so obviously we put a claim on him, but we didn’t get him.”

Babin told reporters in Jacksonville on Thursday that he thinks he’ll “fit in just fine” with the Jaguars, who are 2-9 this season and have a pass rush that ranks amongst the worst in the league.

“Honestly, I didn’t have time to think about it,” Babin said, according to the Florida Times-Union. “I didn’t know how the process worked. I didn’t know what to expect.”