The cornerback they wanted returned to his former team. Once again two words prevented a deal between Aqib Talib and the Redskins: salary cap. It's getting old, but it remains true that salary cap space is the No. 1 issue for Washington this offseason.
But eventually the Redskins need to land another corner. The question is who? The best remaining corner on the market likely is former Atlanta Falcons player Brent Grimes. But a league source said Sunday morning that the Redskins had not contacted him. He's older (29), coming off an Achilles injury and is best suited for zone coverage. All of which make him better for another team.
The Redskins' options:
DeAngelo Hall » Remember him? Cut a week ago? The Redskins have maintained they would re-sign him if possible, but he has drawn interest from other teams. Hall is not the best corner available, but he offers some versatility and knows the defense. One NFL source said he assumes the Redskins will re-sign Hall, but that was not based on concrete information.
Antoine Winfield » He played a terrific game for Minnesota vs. Washington in October -- one of the better games a corner played against the Redskins all season. His physical style would be a good fit in this system. The Redskins reached out to him shortly after the Vikings cut him last week, but it's uncertain how strong the interest remains. At 35, Winfield is capable of playing two more years, but the shorter the deal, the tougher to afford.
E.J. Biggers » He's an adequate corner best used as a No. 3. The Redskins have reportedly expressed interest in him. Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris worked with him in Tampa Bay. Biggers is 6-feet tall with long arms, which helps in press man coverage. But he's lean, and there are concerns about his durability if he's asked to play too physical.
The field » The Redskins have not contacted Quentin Jammer, formerly of the Chargers, and Adam Jones likely is headed back to Cincinnati. Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter, both former starters, should be viewed more as quality backups. Ex-Redskins player Cedric Griffin remains unsigned; the Redskins liked his size.
- John Keim