Numerous Free-agent Options At Cornerback For RedskinsPosted on March 10, 2014 by Harvey Valentine
Green Bay's Sam Shields is off the market, but there are still numerous options at the cornerback position as the Redskins look to find someone to start alongside the recently re-signed DeAngelo Hall.
The team is looking to upgrade from free agent Josh Wilson, and with David Amerson entering his second season, the Redskins are eyeing a healthy free-agent cornerback crop. Among those available are:
Aqib Talib (Patriots): Several local and national outlets are reporting that the Redskins have contacted Talib, who had four interceptions and 13 passes defended for the Patriots in 2013, earning his first Pro Bowl trip. Talib has 23 career picks, four touchdowns and 69 passes defended during seven seasons. He was a first-round pick of Tampa Bay's while Redskins general manager Bruce Allen was with the organization and played three years for then-Bucs head coach Raheem Morris, who is now Washington's defensive backs coach.
Captain Munnerlyn (Panthers): Munnerlyn recorded two interceptions and returned both for touchdowns in 2013. He also racked up 12 passes defended and 73 tackles, including three sacks, en route to his first Pro Bowl. The 25-year-old Munnerlyn was a seventh-round pick of the Panthers' in 2009. Munnerlyn, who is 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds, also returned punts for Carolina in 2009, '10 and '12.
Alterraun Verner (Titans): A fourth-round pick of the Titans' in 2010, Verner had five interceptions, a touchdown and 23 passes defended -- tied for the league lead -- in 2013. The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Verner has reportedly already been contacted by several teams, including the Jets, according to ESPN. He's known as a physical player and was in on 57 tackles last season.
Charles Tillman (Bears): A two-time Pro-Bowl selection, Tillman is the elder statesman of this group at 33. He was injured in 2013 (torn triceps) and intercepted three passes and defended six during eight games. He scored three touchdowns in 2012 and two in 2011, and has 36 interceptions and 118 pass defended during 11 seasons. Tillman forced 10 fumbles in 2012 and 42 during his career. He could end up in Tampa Bay with former Bears coach Lovie Smith.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Broncos): A first-round pick in 2008, the 27-year-old Cromartie has intercepted 19 passes during six seasons with the Cardinals, Eagles and Broncos. In 2013, he totaled three interceptions, a touchdown and 15 passes defended. Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported March 10 that Cromartie was likely to re-sign with Denver.
Antonio Cromartie (Jets): Released by the Jets, the soon-to-be 30-year-old Cromartie was plagued by a hip injury in 2013. During a subpar season, he still registered three interceptions and nine passes defended and went to his third Pro Bowl. A cousin of Rodgers-Cromartie, Cromartie has racked up 28 interceptions and 92 passes defended since the Chargers took him as the 19th overall pick of the 2006 draft.
DARREN SPROLES PRESENTS INTERESTING OPTION FOR REDSKINS
The New Orleans Saints released running back Darren Sproles March 7 as part of a cost-cutting effort. He'll be 31 in June, old for a running back, and his production has decreased during the past few seasons. That said, he's an intriguing possibility for the Redskins as a third-down back.
Sproles caught 71 passes for 604 yards and two touchdowns for the Saints last season. He totaled 1,273 all-purpose yards in 2013, though that's down from his record-setting 2,696 yards in 2011.
Redskins running back Alfred Morris has 20 receptions during two seasons, and Roy Helu Jr. is not on Sproles' level. But given their other, more pressing needs, the Redskins might not have the money or the interest to pursue Sproles.