The general manager who drafted Aqib Talib and a man who coached him for his first four NFL seasons are interested in a reunion with the soon-to-be free agent.
The Washington Redskins have expressed an interest in Talib and will be making a push to sign the New England Patriots' cornerback if and when he becomes available on Tuesday, according to a person informed of the negotiations between the sides. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because talks were to remain private.
Talib is set to be one of the top free agents on the market Tuesday, though Patriots owner Robert Kraft was hopeful his team would be able to retain Talib when Kraft spoke to reporters in Manhattan on Monday.
The Patriots acquired Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last November. The Bucs traded Talib in part because of the expected payday he'd receive as a free agent.
But Redskins Gm Bruce Allen and Washington secondary coach Raheem Morris know what kind of talent Talib brings to the field. Allen drafted Talib with the 20th overall pick in 2008, Morris was Talib's position coach during Talib's rookie year and served as his head coach the next three seasons.
Talib had one interception in six regular-season games with the Pats this past season. He suffered a hip injury in Week 16 and got hurt again in the AFC Championship game. Talib's thigh injury in the AFC Championship game was a huge blow for a Pats secondary that gave up three touchdown passes to Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens.
Redskins set sights on Aqib Talib
USA Today | Mar 12