BOSTON (CBS) – Even though he’s been injured when the Patriots needed him the most, Jon Wallach says the potential risk is worth the reward to re-sign cornerback Aqib Talib.
The Washington Redskins are among multiple suitors reportedly interested in Talib’s services.
The Brent Grimes deal with the Miami Dolphins of $32 million over four years, with $16 million guaranteed is likely the starting point in negotiations for the younger, taller Aqib Talib.
Talib, 28, signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Patriots last offseason, after he had been traded to the franchise during the 2012 season. However, Talib’s 2013 season ended the same way as his 2012 season did, as he left the AFC Championship Game due to injury.
“This defense needs him. Is there going to be a cheaper option? Is there going to be somebody you can bring in that’s cheaper that will have a similar impact on this defense? Probably not. Bring back Aqib Talib,” said Jon Wallach Monday morning.
“I understand he has the hip problem – I get it. Injury problems have cost him in the two biggest games of his career. But the difference he makes is worth the risk.”
Wallach agrees with Fred’s point in that it would have to be a front-loaded deal, one where the Patriots could cut him after year two in case his hip injury continues to plague him.
Other cornerbacks like Vontae Davis, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Alterraun Verner are on the market, but would they be able to coalesce into this system the way Talib did?
That unknown is problematic in Wallach’s mind.
“People keep telling me about Verner from the Titans and how he’s the best young cornerback in the game and he’s worth the investment, but I can’t speak appropriately about his game. I don’t spend my time watching Tennessee Titans football. I know Talib can perform in this defense right now. I want the sure thing. He puts you closer to a title than this kid from Tennessee.”
One listener called in to disagree and thinks the Patriots should surround Tom Brady with as many weapons on offense as possible.
Wallach notes that even with an injured Aaron Dobson, Rob Gronkowski, Shane Vereen and Danny Amendola the Patriots were still ranked third in points scored.
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