If the Patriots want to keep Aqib Talib around, they may have to outbid the Washington Redskins to do so. Bleacher Report analyst Chris Simms reported that he expects the Redskins to be a “major player” for the cornerback’s talents.
The whole scenario makes a lot of sense, and if the Redskins do aggressively pursue Talib, then they’ll be huge competition for the Pats. The Skins have $20 million in cap space, deep pockets, and a lot of holes in their defense. Talib could be a star for them, and they could certainly afford him. The Redskins also have defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who tutored Talib in Tampa Bay when both were with the Buccaneers from 2008 to 2011.
Talib has enjoyed his time in New England, and his connection with his coaches and teammates, as well as a winning spirit, has greatly improved the attitude and character issues he had in the past. That could be enough for Talib to take a discount to stay with New England. But if Washington can fill in other holes in their team, a bigger paycheck could entice him.
Talib is expected to land a deal similar to the four-year $32 million deal that cornerback Brent Grimes received from the Miami Dolphins. Cap space is a big issue for the Pats right now, and if Talib can get top dollar somewhere else, then the team will have to either make major cuts or let him walk. Talib will hit the market starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.