The Washington Redskins showed interest in Aqib Talib last offseason, and they were always expected to show interest in the New England Patriots star corner this offseason as well. That’s why it isn’t surprising to hear that the Redskins are interest in him, as ESPN NFL Nation’s John Keim reports that they were “among the teams that contacted him” during the opening of the legal tampering period yesterday.
Talib looks like a perfect fit on paper for the Redskins, because they have massive holes in the secondary and desperately need a No. 1 cornerback. That’s exactly what Talib would do, and they would be able to have a solid trio of CBs in Talib, DeAngelo Hall, and second-year pro David Amerson.
Although Talib is prone to nagging injuries (mostly hip ones) and isn’t as consistent as he should be, he’s one of the most physical cornerbacks in the game today. An elite player in press coverage, possession receivers find it extremely difficult to beat Talib in coverage, and he has the ball skills to make plays on his own. He’s also a solid run defender, and better tackling in the secondary is certainly something the Redskins could use. There are plenty of Talib-Buccaneers links on the Redskins, and it makes a lot of sense for them to go after Talib. They have the cap space to sign him, and they will hope that the Patriots aren’t able to reach a deal with Talib before free agency opens on Tuesday.