- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Washington Redskins agreed to a four-year contract extension with soon-to-be-free-agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Tuesday, which could eliminate a significant suitor for Patriots free-agent-to-be cornerback Aqib Talib.
As the Washington Post reminded us, the Redskins pursued Talib in free agency last offseason before Talib re-signed with the Patriots.
One of the reasons the Redskins were an attractive destination to Talib is the presence of his former coach in Tampa Bay, Raheem Morris, who serves as Washington's defensive backs coach. The two remain close.
It's still possible that the Redskins could make a play for Talib, but with Hall's extension reportedly set to pay him about $4 million per season, and other needs to address, it wouldn't come as a surprise if they aren't as aggressive in their pursuit of Talib as they were last year.
Talib earned $5 million on a one-year deal in 2013 and figures to be north of that on any deal he signs this offseason. The Patriots are interested in bringing him back, but as is always the case, the club will set a limit on how much it can extend itself.
"It's not like we have unlimited funding,” owner Robert Kraft told the "Felger & Mazz" show on 98.5 The Sports Hub at the Super Bowl. “[Talib] wasn't on the field a lot of the time since he's been with us. It's a balance, of us balancing all that out and what is he worth. I think he's happy here and would like to be here. We're happy with him and we'd like to have him here. Now it's just about doing business, and that's our intent.”