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Eagles agree to deal with DE Jason Babin

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The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms Thursday on a five-year contract with defensive end Jason Babin.

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According to The Tennessean, the 31-year-old Babin's deal is worth about $28 million, with $5 million to 6 million in guaranteed money. The deal cannot become official until Friday.

Babin made the Pro Bowl last season with the Tennessee Titans, recording 12.5 sacks. Babin spent the 2009 season with the Eagles, and his return will reunite him with defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who was with the Titans last season.

Babin, a first-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2004, was reportedly disappointed the Titans did not offer him a contract, according to the paper.

"It is not up to me. I can't walk into Apple and say, 'Hire me, now'," Babin said. "It's not the way it works. It's up to the GMs, the coaches, the owner. Teams have put out offers. I have to stress, I can't go somewhere I am not wanted."

Babin was also courted by the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears, but his agent, Rich Rosa, told the paper reuniting with Washburn was the deciding factor.

"He has some other options," Rosa said. "But it was hard to pass up going to Philadelphia and being reunited with Jim Washburn and also to play with a friend in (Eagles defensive end) Trent Cole. They feel like they just put together one of the best pass-rushing tandems in the league."

NewsCore contributed to this report.

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