Babin, according to a report by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, has agreed to terms with the Eagles on a five-year deal. There's no question that the opportunity to be reunited with Washburn was a factor in Babin's decision to come back to Philadelphia, where he is expected to man the left defensive end position.
Two summers ago, the Eagles brought Babin in during training camp and the fiery defensive end impressed enough to earn a roster spot. He earned 2.5 sacks for the Eagles in 2009 before leaving for Tennessee in free agency. With the Titans, Washburn freed Babin to do what he's always wanted to do - attack the quarterback. Babin was so grateful for Washburn's tutelage, in fact, that he brought Washburn and Washburn's wife out to Hawaii with him for the Pro Bowl.
Babin, 31, joins a defensive end unit that includes his friend and fellow Pro Bowler Trent Cole, Juqua Parker, Darryl Tapp, Brandon Graham, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Phillip Hunt and Ricky Sapp. Graham, last year's first-round pick, is not expected to be ready for the start of the season after suffering a torn ACL late in the 2010 season.
As a free agent, Babin is expected to officially sign on Friday and will not be able to participate in practice until Thursday, August 4.
Update: Not only is Babin excited to come back to Philadelphia, but he's already created a moniker for the defensive line. From his @JasonBabin93 twitter account, Babin tweeted "Back to Philadelphia, Back with Washburn ... #QBKillers."