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New York Giants Front Office “Intrigued” by Free Agent Cornerback Aqib Talib

March 8th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Dan Benton

When the New York Giants approached cornerback Corey Webster with their proposal regarding a pay cut, there was no certainty he would be receptive. Accordingly, General Manager Jerry Reese needed a back-up plan … and he had one. Alas, it wouldn't come into play as Webster willingly accepted a salary reduction on Thursday. However, that doesn't completely shut the door on the Giants' back-up plan: free agent cornerback Aqib Talib, previously of the New England Patriots.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports the Giants are "intrigued" by Talib, although their interest in him was primarily derived from the potential need to replace Webster. Still, having that issue ironed out doesn't necessarily mean the Giants will bid Talib adieu, and he could be approached the moment free agency begins.

Originally a first-round selection of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft, Talib was traded to the Patriots last year after being suspended by the league for violating their substance abuse policy. Talib claimed the suspension was a result of using the drug Adderall without a prescription.

"Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription," he said at the time.

In his first game back, and his first with New England, Talib intercepted Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and returned it 59-yards for a touchdown.

In 64 career games, the 27-year-old Talib has made 176 tackles and hauled in 19 interceptions, bringing four of those back for a score.

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23 Responses to “New York Giants Front Office “Intrigued” by Free Agent Cornerback Aqib Talib”

  1.  The Original G Man says:

    LOL! There will be no “Poor Dan” columns!

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      That was actually my own damn fault. Too many things happening and I got the scheduling all screwed up. There are like 40 articles ready to go. It’s crazy.

    •  wlubake says:

      Not sure that article took into account the exclusive rights FAs that just got signed, anyway. Maybe they are giving it an update.

      Don’t see this one happening. How could it? Not to mention, what is the status of his whole shooting-his-mom thing down here in Dallas?

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    Prediction … next column will be an analysis of the NYG salary cap situation and it will be written by (spins the “random writer” wheel which lands on) … Casey Sherman.

    (/Nostradamus)

  3.  Krow says:

    OK … Cruz. There are a couple things to remember.

    One … Cruz doesn’t put the Giants in a box till he signs the offer. So all that talk of high one year salary … all Cruz would have to do is tell Reese the details, use it for leverage, and agree to a similar dollar figure involving a bonus. Of course if he WANTS to go … or we don’t play ball … then he signs. But there’s nothing to match till it gets his signature. Which won’t happen till we back out.

    And … the NFL is in many respects a partnership. There’s a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ not to use ‘poison pill’ contracts. And that’s what a one-year-$30,000,000-salary deal would be perceived to be. Most teams will not do that because it makes them a pariah and sets them up for in-kind retaliation free shots on their guys.

    Cruz may certainly go … but it will be because Reese decides not to match the offer … not because he can’t.

  4.  Krow says:

    Talib would bring a much needed criminal element to the Giants. OK, that was a joke.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      It was, but it wasn’t.

      Maybe he’s the type of player that we need on this team. Someone with a mean streak in him.

      That said, i think he’s a bit overrated and will want too much.

      •  wlubake says:

        Give me a mean streak in my linemen and linebackers. Don’t need it in my corners. I want them disciplined.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Talib = dirtbag who can play ball

    The Giants still need TWO corners. They will draft at least one, but they’ll need another veteran with only Prince, Webster and Hosley there right now. I guess you can add Terrell Thomas but odds are that if he can make it back it will be in some sort of a hybrid position that is more safety than corner.

    Of course, if they keep both Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown then Will Hill is the other safety and Antrel Rolle is also available to play corner when called upon, so TT becomes a viable option as part of the nine-man defensive backfield. KP, Rolle, Brown, Hill, Thomas, Amukamara, Webster and Hosley is a pretty interesting eight. Add a rookie corner and they’re in business if they can keep KP and Brown and TT can come back at 95%. But there will be at least 5-6 players in camp competing for the last three spots in the defensive backfield.

    Talib isn’t completely out of the question. he’s tall and pretty fast, and physical. That’s what the Giants want in their outside corners.

  6.  The Original G Man says:

    @RVacchianoNYDN
    CB Corey Webster’s new, reduced salary is actually listed as $4.25 million on the NFLPA website, not $4 million. His old salary was $7M …

    ?@RVacchianoNYDN
    … Also, a year was added to the deal with a $1M salary, per NFLPA. I’ll check, but i’m sure that’s a “voidable” year.

    •  The Original G Man says:

      So whatever portion of the $4.25M salary for this year is paid as a bonus, it’s prorated over next year too.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Voidable by whom?

      Would be interesting if only voidable by team (which I doubt). That would mean Reese said to Corey and his agent “Look, you’re really only worth about $2.5MM at this point and we’d keep you around for two more years if you like, but to make it more palatable we’ll pay you nearly all the money this year so you needn’t worry about getting cut after the year.” That would actually have been a fair deal for both sides.

  7.  The Original G Man says:

    ?@TheOriginalGMan
    @RVacchianoNYDN Does that lessen his cap number then because it’s over the course of 2 years now? Or was none of it a bonus?

    @RVacchianoNYDN
    @theoriginalgman Stay tuned. I’m working on the details/numbers right now.

  8. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    with the possibility of Rhodes being gone, I wouldn’t mind this. Then can focus on other areas in the draft.

  9.  The Original G Man says:

    Giants have told Kraig Lumpkin and Justin Tryon they’re not being invited back per Ralph.

  10.  rlhjr says:

    Cruz could be a draft day deal. Plenty of suitors starting with the Rams an 16 and on down from there. No one in the top 10 (IMO) would bite.

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