Jason Babin hasn’t had much success in 2012. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

In their first major roster move, the Philadelphia Eagles released defensive end Jason Babin today.

Babin’s production had fallen in his second season in Philadelphia from 18 sacks to 5.5 and he wasn’t expected to be around next year. He signed a five-year, $27.725 million contract before last season and more than $16 million was to come in the next three years (via Pro Football Talk).

“We appreciate everything that Jason has given this team over the last couple of years,” Reid said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

And it gives a team that’s trying to get into the playoffs a chance to sign someone who might just be able to offer some help.

Earlier in the day, the Eagles announced that DeSean Jackson would miss the rest of the season after breaking ribs in the Eagles’ 30-22 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.

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