The Kansas City Chiefs should absolutely pursue Aqib Talib

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 16: Cornerback Marcus Peters
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 16: Cornerback Marcus Peters /

We don’t know how seriously the Denver Broncos are trying to move Aqib Talib, but we do know that the Chiefs should welcome him to KC with open arms.

Aqib Talib makes total sense on the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs. No qualifiers needed.

On today’s Roughing the Kicker, we’ll look at the ins and outs of his recent performances, his age, his pairing with Marcus Peters, his salary and every other aspect of what he can bring to the table, but we need to start there. With the fact that he would unequivocally make this defense better. Now for the breakdowns.

The Broncos could end up ultimately cutting Talib altogether, which would make him a free agent. But I wouldn’t hesitate to offer the Broncos a low draft pick, if I were running the Chiefs, to take him before he hits free agency.

In 2018, Talib is set to make $12 million, with a million guaranteed. In 2019, he’ll make $8 million, none of it guaranteed. Even if the Talib experiment fails, on his current contract, Talib would be extremely easy to part with. This isn’t a Tamba Hali contract where you’re betting millions on an aging player staying healthy and at the top of their game. This is very, very manageable.

This move would also allow you to draft and develop a young cornerback while still having a lockdown corner opposite Marcus Peters for the next two years, and potentially beyond. Pro Football Focus ranked Aqib Talib as the 15th-best cornerback in football last year. Marcus Peters was 17th. This secondary would become impossible to navigate.

I’m not worried about locker room drama or Talib snatching Michael Crabtree’s chain. I’m worried about a secondary that can’t stop Marcus Mariota, much less Tom Brady.

Also on today’s show, we discuss the Chiefs’ assistant coaching changes, the idea of Alex Smith going to Denver and Bob Sutton’s’ continued employment. Also, Dr. Professor joins the show to share some sage Chiefs wisdom.

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