If Aqib Talib leaves New England, there may be a possibility that they could sign Alterraun Verner, who would probably be a better value signing.
Top FA CB Alterraun Verner tells @MadDogRadio the Patriots are “definitely a possibility.” Adds Devin McCourty has been “lobbying” for it.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 10, 2014
Based on what I have read, Verner won’t be asking for nearly as much money as Talib is, and while he isn’t as talented as Talib, he isn’t far off. In fact, ‘Advanced NFL Stats’ had Verner ranked as the fifth best cornerback in the league last year, 33 spots ahead of Talib (this is based off of their ‘WPA’ statistic).
I would still rather see the Pats sign Talib, but getting Verner as a cheaper option would not be a bad consolation prize. Not only would they be getting a quality cover corner, but they would also be saving money, which could then be used to help other areas of their team.