The Minnesota Vikings should acquire Aqib Talib

There are 6 comments on the Isportsweb.com story from Feb 23, 2014, titled The Minnesota Vikings should acquire Aqib Talib. In it, Isportsweb.com reports that:

Cornerback Aqib Talib will be a highly pursued free agent if the New England Patriots fail to reach an agreement with him by March 11. The Minnesota Vikings should be chomping at the bit for the opportunity to possibly acquire Talib if he doesn't resign with the Patriots and there are many reasons why.

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viking nation

Madera, CA

#1 Feb 23, 2014
Talib is number one priority I was just reading about the Pats lacking Cap room & how it would be hard to match a big offer like 8M a year that Talib can get as a free agent but a 4 year incentive laden deal could work for both sides. The Vikes would have to offer over 8M a year with a few incentives if they really wanted to go after him.

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#2 Feb 24, 2014
viking nation wrote:
Talib is number one priority I was just reading about the Pats lacking Cap room & how it would be hard to match a big offer like 8M a year that Talib can get as a free agent but a 4 year incentive laden deal could work for both sides. The Vikes would have to offer over 8M a year with a few incentives if they really wanted to go after him.
I like Talib but he seems to get hurt alot. We already have enough guys who routinely miss games due to injury.
Janitor

Cypress, CA

#3 Feb 26, 2014
Avant wrote:
<quoted text> I like Talib but he seems to get hurt alot. We already have enough guys who routinely miss games due to injury.
How do you measure "a lot"?
He was hurt last year but only at seasons end. Realize that's when he is most needed so it could become a concern. But this year he wasn't injured in the usual way a player gets injured. Instead, he was targeted and taken out to clear Mannings path because Peyton was being shut down by this guy. And if history tells us anything about Peyton, it's that once he gets flustered he starts to make bad decisions by trying to force things like in the New Orleans game/SB, and the Ravens game/AFC Championship, and the Seattle game/SB. Not to mention his 8 one and dones in post season and trend of losing to winning teams. Had Welker not targeted Talib's knees when he did, it would have only been a few more minutes before Peyton gave the game away with an INT. I don't see how you can say Talib gets injured a lot when it's only twice and the second one was like a Tonya Harding hit job by Manning and Welker. If he gets legitimately injured again I would concede your point and with that Welker hit, Talib's chances of becoming injury prone are now greater due to bad knees. Because of that play it is my hope that neither Welker nor Manning receive just compensation for their actions. And that goes for all involved including the NFL who has tried to cover it up saying it was "almost" a legal hit. Which we all know means it was an illegal hit.

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#4 Feb 27, 2014
Janitor wrote:
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How do you measure "a lot"?
He was hurt last year but only at seasons end. Realize that's when he is most needed so it could become a concern. But this year he wasn't injured in the usual way a player gets injured. Instead, he was targeted and taken out to clear Mannings path because Peyton was being shut down by this guy. And if history tells us anything about Peyton, it's that once he gets flustered he starts to make bad decisions by trying to force things like in the New Orleans game/SB, and the Ravens game/AFC Championship, and the Seattle game/SB. Not to mention his 8 one and dones in post season and trend of losing to winning teams. Had Welker not targeted Talib's knees when he did, it would have only been a few more minutes before Peyton gave the game away with an INT. I don't see how you can say Talib gets injured a lot when it's only twice and the second one was like a Tonya Harding hit job by Manning and Welker. If he gets legitimately injured again I would concede your point and with that Welker hit, Talib's chances of becoming injury prone are now greater due to bad knees. Because of that play it is my hope that neither Welker nor Manning receive just compensation for their actions. And that goes for all involved including the NFL who has tried to cover it up saying it was "almost" a legal hit. Which we all know means it was an illegal hit.
Ummm, you might want to watch that play again. Most importantly, to make you're claim untrue, Welker didnt target the knees, they hit each other in an upright position. Secondly, IF a team is going to target another player, I highly doubt they send a 5'9"/180 pounder up against a 6'1"/205 pound defensive player.
Lito

Santa Barbara, CA

#5 Feb 27, 2014
If Vikes can't afford to move up and get one of the 3 top quarterbacks, then at #8 get Mack or Watkins. They may want to step back for more picks, but I hope that they do well in choosing a quarterback. Ponder is not the guy.
Janitor

Cypress, CA

#6 Feb 27, 2014
ProCynic wrote:
<quoted text>Ummm, you might want to watch that play again. Most importantly, to make you're claim untrue, Welker didnt target the knees, they hit each other in an upright position. Secondly, IF a team is going to target another player, I highly doubt they send a 5'9"/180 pounder up against a 6'1"/205 pound defensive player.
Took your advice and watched it again. Still looks like an intentional hit on the knees when Welker dives at the last moment.
Also, the ACL, MCL and PCL doesn't hold up well to even a fifty pound kid. Doesn't matter the size of either player, a direct hit at knee level by even a gallon jug of water, 8 pounds, can lame you for life. It also gives Welker cover with the league promoting Manning at all costs.
How do you account for the knee damage Welker caused if they were both upright, which they were not? Doesn't it also seem like a stroke of unbelievable luck for Manning to have the guy who is shutting him down get hurt right before the time period where Manning historically gives games away via interception? Seems clear, unless of course you don't want to believe it, or your eyes. Even the league when pressed couldn't come to say it was a legal hit, but "almost" legal. Nice cover, not really. Only serves to verify what really happened.

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