Even though the Falcons pass rush has once again under performed this year, one player has been his old, consistent self. That is DT Jonathan Babineaux, who has had to team up with the likes of Corey Peters and Peria Jerry over the last few years, having to anchor the middle of the defensive line practically by himself.
If Babineaux could be part of a better tandem, perhaps the Falcons could do a better job stopping the run. In spite of the lack of support, Babineaux has recorded the most total tackles in his career since 2009 with 38. He has seven tackles for loss as well, and is the team leader in that category.
But now Babineaux faces uncertainty as he will be a free agent in the offseason. According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, the Falcons and the nine year veteran have had no talks of extending his stay in Atlanta, where he has played his entire career.
"I definitely want to finish my career here in Atlanta," said Babineaux. "I started here. I've been through the good times, the bad times, and I definitely want to finish here."
Ultimately it's not going to be up to Babineaux, and it's going to come down to how GM Thomas Dimitroff wants to spend the team's money. With no contract negotiations in place, the signs aren't great. It would probably be in the team's best interest to do their best to retain Babineaux as he's still a productive player. If the Falcons can find a DT in the offseason to complement him, the middle of the D-line could become formidable.
If Dimitroff goes the cheaper route and let's Babineaux walk, it will hurt what is already a weak defensive line. He definitely wants to be here, and unless the Falcons can find an upgrade over Babineaux in free agency or via the draft, the Falcons should definitely resign him.
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