Aqib Talib believed this was his week, that his performance over the last year and a half, combined with a resurgent market for cornerbacks, would result in a sizable payday. Instead, to this point, the legal tampering period has delivered an unexpected result: no standing offers.
That’s surprised those close to Talib. They essentially feel as though there’s not much more he can do to rehab both his off-field image, and that his on-field performance compares favorably to all others that will reach the market or have already inked big deals (Brent Grimes, Sam Shields).
The Redskins were expected to be a Talib suitor but, as Washington reporter Dianna Marie Russini reported Monday night, their interest is tepid compared to New England's so far.
Source: Aqib Talib is very close to a deal with Patriots. #NFLFreeagency— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 11, 2014
Source: Redskins wants Aqib Talib but Patriots are offering better deal #NFLFreeAgency— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 11, 2014
Prior to his injury in Week 6 against the Saints, Talib was playing at a shutdown level. Though it took him several weeks once back on the field to kick off the rust, the 28-year old rounded back into fine form late in the year and again in the playoffs before exiting the AFC Championship with an injury for the second consecutive year.
Further complicating Talib’s soft market is the looming presence of Darrelle Revis. The Buccaneers have made it clear they’re open to business with regards to a corner universally regarded as one of the two or three best in the business. According to reports, the Bucs are hopeful they can swing a trade for Revis but if not, they will release their high-priced corner by Wednesday.
As I reported early this morning, the Pats have had internal discussions regarding Revis.