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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