The Washington Redskins dropped cornerback DeAngelo Hall, and it was a wise move indeed to cut ties with a well below-average veteran CB. The issue for the Redskins now is to find a new cornerback- preferably a No. 1 CB- who can more than replace Hall in the starting line-up. Washington is most likely willing to do whatever it takes to land a guy like that, and it sounds like they have a high amount of interest in a New England Patriots impending free agent.
According to a source close to Mike Garafolo of the USA Today, the Washington Redskins will “make a push” for Aqib Talib this offseason. This makes sense from a personnel standpoint, and there are also connections that likely heighten the interest. If Talib ends up in Washington, his defensive backs coach would be his former head coach- Raheem Morris. The Redskins GM, Bruce Allen, was the GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the Bucs plucked Talib in the draft when he came out of Kansas. The Redskins also have a former Buccaneers teammate of Talib in Tanard Jackson set to start at the safety position.
The Patriots would love to sign Aqib Talib, and Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reported yesterday that the Pats want to get a deal done with Talib “soon”. He also noted that Talib is the team’s top target at cornerback, and the Pats three biggest free agent targets this year are the three players hitting free agency.
The Redskins are known for taking risks, and some view Talib as a risk. I don’t think it is because of character concerns, but Talib is a risk because he is an “upside” guy at CB. He has shutdown potential, but he is inconsistent and could easily get overpaid. The Redskins seemingly want an upgrade now, and Talib would honestly be a great fit for them. I hope he stays in New England, but I’m sure the Redskins aren’t the only team set to “make a push” for Talib’s services.
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