Babin's play had regressed this season, but this is the same guy who piled up 30.5 sacks the previous two seasons, including 18 in 2011. This might be a one-dimensional defender in the midst of a down season, but past success combined with a manageable 2013 salary will make him an attractive waiver target.
So where will Babin land? Here are five possibilities:
Another team that showed serious interest in Babin when he was a free agent. If the Bears thought Babin was a fit in their scheme last year, they may still feel that way now.
New England Patriots
Opponents of the Patriots are often playing from behind, consistently putting them in passing situations. This is a nice fit for Babin, who can pin back his ears and get after the quarterback.
Babin would be a nice fit in Jim Schwartz's scheme. This is a 4-3 player exclusively, and Schwartz could use Babin as a situational rusher who can help improve the back end of this defense by putting pressure on the quarterback.