The Patriots want to wrap-up a deal soon to keep free agent cornerback Aqib Talib in New England. But the Patriots will have competition for Talib’s services.
The Redskins will make a push to sign Talib if he doesn’t re-sign with the Patriots before the start of free agency on Tuesday afternoon, Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports.
Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen and secondary coach Raheem Morris were both in Tampa when the Bucs drafted Talib with a first-round pick in 2008, so they know Talib well. And they apparently think his talent on the field makes him worth the risk of more off-field problems, which have plagued Talib through his career.
The Redskins, however, are not in good salary cap shape, and it may be difficult for them to out-bid other teams for Talib’s services. Washington cut DeAngelo Hall to get under the cap, and the Redskins may need to make more moves to clear enough space to afford Talib.