The Washington Redskins have coveted New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib for a while. He has connections to the team in his former head coach Raheem Morris, and the Redskins clearly had a need at the position. But now that the Redskins have re-signed their own corner in DeAngelo Hall, is paying Talib top dollar really with it?
I would say if the Redskins hadn’t signed Hall, then pursuing Talib would have been a good idea. Especially if both starting corners from last season in Hall and Josh Wilson weren’t returning. And Wilson more than likely won’t return but Hall is. And they still have their second round pick from last season David Amerson available.
So I don’t think the need to spend millions on Talib exists any more. The Redskins can still start Hall and promote Amerson to the other starting corner. But if they insist on bringing a free agent at the position, then maybe a cheaper alternative would be a better option, in say Walter Thurmond or Tarrell Brown would be more feasible.
There is also the NFL Draft as an option to add more talent at corner as well. It’s been proven that good corners can be found in the mid to late portions of the draft, or maybe the Redskins don’t trust their scouting department enough to find one.
At this point I would say Aqib Talib is more of a luxury than a necessity for the Redskins. But we’ll see if they end up actually signing him.