There are few NFL defensive backs with the ability to totally shut down New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. However, New England Patriots standout Aqib Talib did just that earlier this season and plenty of NFL teams saw him do it. Let’s face it; Graham is the toughest player to defend in the league and anyone who can do so deserves a boatload of credit.
Moreover, in addition to overall notoriety Talib is also looking for a boatload of cash. Patriots fans are crossing their fingers hoping that Talib accepts somewhat of a “hometown discount” from the Pats this offseason. Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that New England doesn’t have the cap space to make Talib a top-paid defensive back. Besides, it’s not in the Patriots’ track record to splurge on defensive players in particular.
With that, Talib is actively looking for a new home. Of course, awful defensive teams such as the Washington Redskins are interested and rightfully so. However, the 28-year-old corner isn’t the type of player that Redskins general manager Bruce Allen should be keying in on. Let’s be honest: it’s going to take a few offseason for Washington to return to the top of the NFC East. Besides, Allen already gave defensive back DeAngelo Hall a four-year contract worth nearly $17 million in February. Washington needs to worry about repairing the linebacker core as well as the offensive line.
Talib is going to get his payday sometime soon, but Redskins fans better hope Allen doesn’t open the checkbook for the aging defensive back.