Talib's deal relative to CB market

March, 31, 2013
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The Dolphins continued their busy offseason on Saturday by signing former Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes to a one-year deal with a reported value of $5.5 million.

With Grimes now signed, it is widely regarded that all of the top cornerbacks who were originally scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency are off the market (Antoine Winfield, released after the start of free agency by the Vikings because of cap considerations, remains unsigned).

That gives us even more perspective on the deal signed by Aqib Talib, who returned to the Patriots on a one-year contract after also drawing interest from at least one other team (the Redskins).

Saints' Keenan Lewis: five years, $26 million
Lions' Chris Houston: five years, $25 million
Chargers' Derek Cox: four years, $20 million
Eagles' Cary Williams: three years, $17 million
Chiefs' Sean Smith: three years, $17 million
Colts' Greg Toler: three years, $14.25 million
Dolphins' Brent Grimes: one year, $5.5 million
Broncos' Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie: one year, $5 million
Patriots' Aqib Talib: one year, $5 million

In assessing the Talib deal shortly after he signed it, there was an element of a player "betting on himself" for a year in hopes of landing long-term security the following offseason. The same can still be said at this time, as other (and perhaps less talented cornerbacks) received longer-term deals with comparable (or more) guaranteed money.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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