By Gian D'Ambra @TheRealG289 on March 11, 2014
With the could-be scenario of a departure by Aqib Talib in free agency, the New England Patriots need to have backup plans in mind. Hopefully he stays, but if he goes, here are five guys who can come right in and fill the void.
Last season, Dimitri Patterson only played six games. The more eye-popping number here is that he had four interceptions. He is 30 years old, but imagine what he can do with a full healthy season.
It seems as though his time with the Denver Broncos was limited. He only spent one year with the team and is now headed to free agency. In six years he has only missed four games and has 19 interceptions. Giving him a look would help the Patriots defense tremendously.
Patriots fans remember him best for wreaking havoc all over the field for the New York Jets. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't completely sold on his free agency, publicly saying they won't cut him until Wednesday if a trade doesn't happen by then. With less than 24 hours left to make a deal, I'm willing to bet he becomes a free agent.
I know most people have a red-flag associated with Brandon Browner. He is suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season after being reinstated from suspension. But he was one of the enforcers on the best defense in the NFL before he was suspended last year. The Patriots haven't had an enforcer since Rodney Harrison, and I miss that excitement.
One of the hardest hitting players in the secondary positions in all of football is Carlos Rogers. He was overshadowed with the San Francisco 49ers by Donte "Hitner" Whitner. But the 32-year-old, nine-year veteran hasn't missed a game since 2010 and is holding up and playing very well in his later years. Taking him for production and guidance would be a huge help for the Patriots secondary.
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