The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Port Arthur Lincoln ex Jordan Babineaux, who went from a longshot undrafted free agent out of Southern Arkansas to a Dallas Cowboys killer, is at least temporarily out of an NFL job.
Babineaux, 30, was waived by the Tennessee Titans Tuesday in what has been labeled a salary cap move by the Titans. The brother of Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was due $1.6 million in salary for 2013, but was deemed expendable after the Titans signed safety George Wilson last month.
Babineaux, who played two seasons in Tennessee, made his mark in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. They signed him out of Southern Arkansas after the 2004 draft, he spent most of that season on the practice squad, then started to make the kind of plays that earned him the nickname “Big Play Babs.”
His signature moment came in a wild card playoff game against the Cowboys in 2007. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, the holder for a chip-shot field goal that would have given Dallas a 23-21 lead in the final seconds, let the snap go through his hands.
Romo, however, picked up the loose football, took off around left end and looked like he would score a touchdown. Babineaux, coming out of nowhere from the back side of the play, ran down Romo a yard short of the goal line to save the game for the Seahawks.
A few months later he was at it again against the Cowboys, intercepting a Drew Brees pass late in the game to set up a winning field goal for the Seahawks. He also made a big play in Seattle’s 2008 wild card playoff game against Washington, intercepting a pass and returning it 57-yards for a touchdown.
Babineaux, who played in Super Bowl XL with Seattle, was the team’s starting safety until the Seahawks drafted West Orange-Stark’s Earl Thomas in 2010. Thomas’ presence led the Seahawks to use Babineaux in its nickel and dime defensive packages and on special teams. The following season he signed with Tennessee.
The highlight of his two years with the Titants was a 97-yard interception-return touchdown in October of 2011 against Cleveland.