Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Should New England Patriots free agent cornerback Aqib Talib hit the open market, the Redskins will be expected to pursue him.
Here we go.
USA Today's Mike Garafolo reported Monday evening that the Redskins "have expressed an interest in [Aqib] Talib and will be making a push to sign" him should he be available once the free agency period begins.
This is a move that wouldn't come without challenge, as the Patriots have also expressed a strong interest in retaining their talented corner. Talib also just finished a five year, $14 million dollar contract, and Talib's presumed value may be too steep for the Redskins to afford at this point.
The Redskins pass defense was ranked 30th in the NFL a season ago, and now have an even more depleted secondary after the team released DeAngelo Hall earlier Monday afternoon.
Should he sign in Washington, Talib would not come to unfamiliar territory, as he would join his former head coach Raheem Moore, who now coaches the team's secondary. General Manager Bruce Allen drafted Talib when he held the same position for Tampa Bay in 2008.
Talib recorded 40 total tackles, two interceptions and one touchdown in 2012 while playing 10 games for the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Shanahan: "We’re not able to go out in free agency. We might be able to do it for one guy or two guys, depending on what the money is."— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) March 11, 2013
Welp. Looks like we may know who one of "one or two guys" is.