Eagles release DE Babin

The Philadelphia Eagles have released defensive end Jason Babin, the club announced Tuesday.

Babin signed with the Eagles as a free agent in 2011 and racked up 18 sacks over 16 games to earn his second straight trip to the Pro Bowl.

The 32-year-old followed that effort with a team-high 5 1/2 sacks through 11 games this season, but the Eagles, who fell to 3-8 after Monday's loss to Carolina, decided to part ways with the defensive end.

"We appreciate everything that Jason has given this team over the last couple of years," Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said. "We wish him all the best as he continues his career. By releasing him today, this gives us an opportunity to give more playing time to some of younger guys in the defensive line rotation."

The Western Michigan product was selected 27th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by Houston and has compiled 53 1/2 sacks and nine forced fumbles in 109 games, including 69 starts, over nine seasons with the Texans, Seattle, Kansas City, Tennessee and the Eagles.