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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall did no favors for Patriots' Aqib Talib

By on 2/20/2014 03:00:00 PM

The Washington Redskins resigned cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a four-year deal reportedly worth $17 million and with that eliminated a potential landing spot for New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, reports Mike Reiss of

Talib is set to hit the free agent market unless the Patriots can work out a team-friendly deal.  With the resigning of Hall by Washington, the Pats gained more advantage over the shutdown corner.

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Washington could have been heavy hitters in the Talib free agent ball game.  The Skins wanted Talib last season before he re-upped with New England.

Part of the reason Washington wanted Talib is that Talib’s friend and former coach in Tampa Bay, Raheem Morris, is the Redskins’ defensive backs coach.

It is possible, but unlikely; the Redskins still swing for Talib given the coin they just dished out to Hall.  Washington's defensive line remains an issue so there are other areas the Beltway Boys can focus their attention.

Talib, who has had past hip issues and did not finish the last two AFC Championship games due to injury, earned $5 million in 2013 and I bet all the almond milk in my fridge he wants more than that to continue to play in Foxboro.

Lord Business himself, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz Show during Super Bowl week:
It's not like we have unlimited funding.  [Talib] wasn't on the field a lot of the time since he's been with us. It's a balance, of us balancing all that out and what is he worth. I think he's happy here and would like to be here. We're happy with him and we'd like to have him here. Now it's just about doing business, and that's our intent.
I think Kraft just told Talib to “ice up, son, ice up.”  Classic Kraft and now that Washington is potentially out of the game, Talib’s negotiation defenses weaken, advantage Kraft.  Leverage is something no current or future Patriot ever wants to give to Lord Business.

Talib just lost his queen to Kraft’s rook and he is now just a pawn in an unwinnable game.     


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