The Washington Redskins have already scooped up one former Tampa Bay defensive back this offseason when they signed safety Tanard Jackson after his release from the Buccaneers. Jackson was cut by the Bucs after failing a physical following offseason shoulder surgery and quickly reunited with former head coach Raheem Morris, who is now the Redskins defensive backs coach.
Now, it appears that the Redskins may go after another Buccaneers defensive back. Buccaneers101.com has learned from a league source that the Redskins are interested in acquiring cornerback Aqib Talib. The source told Buccaneers101.com that Washington has explored the idea of trading for Talib but is waiting for the outcome of Talib's upcoming trial to see whether or not he will face jail time or suspension from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
When asked about the situation, our source said "if Washington doesn't get him in a trade this season then they most certainly will if he hits free agency next year." The source also told us that Morris badly wants to coach Talib again because "Morris believes Talib has the skill set to be the best corner in football."
Another reason why Washington may pursue Talib is general manager Bruce Allen. Allen was the Bucs' general manager when the team selected Talib in the first round of the 2008 Draft.
Of course, this all depends on whether or not Tampa Bay wants to unload Talib in the first place. Prior to this year's NFL Draft, the Bucs were said to be shopping Talib for draft picks. Head coach Greg Schiano later insisted that this was not the case. However, Talib still does not appear to be in Tampa Bay's long term plans and another source told Buccaneers101.com a few months ago that the Bucs will not re-sign Talib barring a major turnaround.
If the Bucs staff does decide later in the year that Talib will indeed not be a part of their future, then it may be best to trade him for a low-round draft pick rather than cutting him or letting him leave via free agency next offseason.
During his four seasons in Tampa Bay, Talib has been very productive on the field and has amassed 161 tackles, 46 passes defensed, 18 interceptions, and three touchdowns. However, injuries and a suspension have caused him to miss eight games over the past two seasons.
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