The Philadelphia Eagles have released two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin in the first major roster move for a team that's lost seven straight games.
Babin had just 5.5 sacks after recording 18 last year. He signed a five-year, $28 million deal last summer after going to his first Pro Bowl with Tennessee following the 2010 season.
The move came Tuesday, a day after a 30-22 home loss to Carolina.
Coach Andy Reid says the Eagles cut Babin to give more playing time to younger players.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, meanwhile, was placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after sustaining multiple rib fractures on a running play against Carolina.
Jackson led the team with 45 catches and 700 yards receiving, but only had two touchdowns.
Philadelphia (3-8) plays at Dallas (5-6) on Sunday night.