Over at the NFL Analysis Network, writer Grant Afseth has four ideal landing spots for veteran cornerback Aqib Talib. It should surprise no one that the former New England Patriot is paired with the Houston Texans first and foremost.
A 12-year veteran, Talib has played in 148 career games, posted 462 tackles, defended 125 passes, caught 35 interceptions, and scored 10 touchdowns. How much juice he has left in the tank is anyone’s guess, but he might do well as an upgrade to the now departed Johnathan Joseph. Afseth writes:
The Rams needed to clear salary-cap space in order to have enough room to sign Jalen Ramsey to a contract extension. As a result, Los Angeles sent Talib to the Dolphins in a mid-season transaction. He was quickly placed on Injured Reserve after fracturing his ribs, never playing a down for Miami.
Despite being placed on Injured Reserve last season, Talib made it clear he’s ‘healthy enough to play’ in early-November. He also made it clear he disagreed with the Rams’ decision to place him under that designation, so it’s not important to take that context into consideration.
After deciding to mutually part ways with Johnathan Joseph, the Texans will use Bradley Roby in the No. 1 cornerback role. If they were to sign a cornerback like Aqib Talib to help cover the boundary, Roby would be able to spend more time in the slot.
There is little concern regarding the potential for the Texans to be able to afford to sign Talib. They have a little over $19.2 million in salary-cap space remaining and likely wouldn’t need to use a lot of it to get a deal done.
Is it worth taking a one-year flyer on Talib? Is Bill O’Brien better off looking at Logan Ryan or hoping against hope Houston’s current cornerback corps makes an exponential leap forward in 2020 without a full offseason program to help them do so? Or do you like the talent the Texans have at the cornerback position already? What would you do?