Re: CB is a top priority: Aqib Talib
posted at 1/24/2014 6:44 AM EST
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
because aside from Dennard and hopefully Ryan, this team has struck out in drafting CB's for much of the past 7 years. Signing Arrington was for going with the known over the uinknown. I feel they will take the same route with Talib, assuming the deal is "fair" rather than overpay. I am stating 3/$21 is fair.
Just because they are known doesn't mean they are any good. If that was their thinking case why not keep Welker over Amendola?
It's what I keep coming back to, what about Arrington shouts to you yes he's worth that much? If Ryan or Dennard couldn't play was there anythinig in Arringtons history that suggested he'd be better on the edge then an unknown they might bring in? I know my friends car breaks down every 5th time he starts it, doesn't mean I would buy it from him over buying a used car from another person. If anything it makes it worse that you knew he was a lemon but spent the money anyways instead of rolling the dice and hoping for more than a lemon.
A healthy Arrington is a top 5 slot CB in the NFL. He is a very good tackler ( a must for a CB on a BB team), he has very good hands. Turnovers are a result of opportunities, and if he is not thrown against in the slot, he won't have turnovers, but when challenged, he has made INT's and forced fumbles. That is huge in a bend but do not break offense.
Agreed, Arrington has been exposed when playing outside CB. But if the pats are in sub 50% plus of the time! I am fine with Arrington playing major snaps at the slot.
i think we need to separate the player and the contract. A healthy Arrington is a very good slot corner for the type of defense BB wants to play. A contract for him with an AAV of $4M IMO is on the high side of fair. Again, coming out of 2012 when Talib was healthy, BB liked what he saw in the defensive back field, and wanted some continuity. But he knew Dennerd was a question for a few games legally, Talib was a free agent and Ryan was drafted. Paying a very good slot corner that had been groomed in this system and is a good locker room guy, is reliable every game to play, was a sound move.
The angst on this board with Arrington seems to be:
-he was exposed playing out of position
-he was exposed playing hurt
-Ryan improved faster than expected
-his AAV is $4M rather than $3M