The Broncos and Rams made waves this evening after sending star cornerback Aqib Talib to Los Angeles for a fifth round pick.
While the Rams are likely happy with the result, the Patriots could've benefited from adding Talib to their roster and missed the opportunity to do so.
Luckily for the Pats another top tier cornerback is expected to hit the market in the coming days as the Seahawks are likely to release Richard Sherman at some point tomorrow.
The Patriots' pass defense was unspectacular last season as it allowed the third most passing yards and twelfth most passing touchdowns in the league while ranking in the bottom half in the league in interceptions. It was a glaring weak spot in an otherwise strong Patriots roster and the team should improve the unit this offseason.
Talib would've been a significant upgrade to the Pats defense, but Sherman is a more than serviceable consolation prize. The 29-year-old is a three time All-Pro and led the NFL in interceptions in 2013.
While Sherman struggled with an Achilles injury last season, the cornerback played in all 16 regular season games in each of his other six seasons and has dominated the league during that time.
Since 2011, no player has more interceptions (32) or passes defensed (99) than Richard Sherman, and no player with 300+ targets in coverage has allowed a lower completion percentage (47.4) or passer rating (50.9)@RSherman_25 pic.twitter.com/HQ1JOEhdmX— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 7, 2018
The apparent value high end cornerbacks has been low this offseason so the Patriots should have no reservations about aggressively pursuing Sherman.
Adding a player of Sherman's quality to the shaky New England secondary would make an already scary Patriots team an even tougher opponent for the rest of the league.