Cornerback Aqib Talib will be a highly pursued free agent if the New England Patriots fail to reach an agreement with him by March 11.
The Minnesota Vikings should be chomping at the bit for the opportunity to possibly acquire Talib if he doesn’t resign with the Patriots and there are many reasons why.
Minnesota had the worst passing defense in the NFL last season giving up over 287 passing yards per game. This needs to be fixed if the Vikings are going to make the playoffs next season.
Talib would be a perfect fit in Minnesota because he’s an NFL veteran and would complement Xavier Rhodes nicely.
Imagine a Talib and Rhodes tandem in the backfield? It’d be pretty sweet. The Vikings would be set up at the cornerback position for a long time.
Sources say that New England wants Talib back, and are in the negotiation process, which could put a damper on the reality of seeing Talib in Purple, however, the Vikings could potentially send draft picks to New England to get him.
If Talib signs with the Patriots, the Vikings should consider dealing their second and third round picks to acquire him. It’d be a smart trade because the Vikings would fill their biggest need on defense and Talib is worth the early draft picks.
On the flip side, New England would get a few more options in the draft to fill their vacancies.
Talib had 41 tackles and four interceptions for the Patriots last season. If he becomes a free agent, his value to other teams would be high, but Minnesota would be an ideal place to become a star and make the biggest impact.
Either way, via free agency or a trade, Minnesota should pursue Talib. Without a solid passing defense, the Vikings will have a hard time winning any games in a division that has three outstanding quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, and Matthew Stafford.