Earlier today, the Redskins parted ways with veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Now, they have their sights set on another veteran corner in New England’s Aqib Talib. Talib is 27 years old, 6’1″ tall and 205 lbs. He has size, a nose for the ball, and a few off-field issues that have followed him from college to the pro’s. Talib has had 19 interceptions over his five years in the league. This was Talib’s official combine analysis per NFL.com just before he was taken 20th overall by Tampa Bay in 2008:
Prototypical size and athleticism. Excellent plant-and-drive, often reading the quarterback for the chance to pounce. Very good ball skills, able to deflect passes at the last moment. Uses his size and above average leaping ability to get to balls at the highest point. Very willing to support the run. Attempts to wrap up in the open field, even if not always successful. Appears to be a maturing young man with a bright future.
Negatives: Does not have great catch-up speed, which was evident on multiple touchdowns allowed over his career. May struggle a bit against quicker slot receivers until his technique is refined. Will gamble too much at times to make the pick. Susceptible to the double-move. Could be more physical at his size, and is probably better suited to a zone scheme. Suspended two games in 2007 for violating team rules.
That description reads a lot like a certain cornerback out of Virginia Tech that Washington recently released. Talib, however, only made $2.1 million last year. Hall was released to clear nearly $8 million in space and bring the Redskins below the cap. Talib would cost a pretty penny, but the team desperately needs help on the back end of the defense.
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