Originally Posted by The Brandon Five
What are they?
What are the alternatives to parting with Talib, you ask?
There are certainly plenty of possibilities. They could draft another CB or even 2 in the upcoming draft. They could seek out a more cap friendly free agent CB to pair outside with Dennard. They could essentially even make a trade if it came down to it (admittedly not likely).
They could draft a safety or 2 in the deep safety class of the 2013 draft and pair him up with McCourty. They could move McCourty back to CB and pair the newly drafted safety up with anyone of Wilson, Gregory, or even an additional safety who isn't even on the team yet. They can acquire another safety via the free agency route.
They could even retain Arrington and have him as a starter capable player in a pinch, although we'd all rather see him in the slot of course.
They can even (gasp) try and utilize their #33rd overall pick in the 2011 draft in Ras-I-Dowling if they feel an additional year may be beneficial to his growth.
We've certainly made due with worse in the past, and although I am not really wanting to part with Talib, if the price isn't right you've got to consider the alternatives...and I would imagine that they will certainly do so in every way possible should they not be able to reach a fair deal.
Stating that there are not alternatives is incorrect, there certainly are.
The defense improved to the point where they allowed approx.17 pts per game in the month of December, yet Aqib Talib didn't even play 50% of those reps in this past month. He played vs MIA, and only the first half vs HOU. He also played a little in the 49'ers game before he couldn't go anymore IIRC. Either way, he didn't play all that much this month and yet they somehow still managed.
I am not meaning to undervalue him either, I think he'd be great for the future. I am only stating that we could get by, and that there certainly are alternatives.