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Washington Redskins: Five Free Agent Cornerback Targets

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COMMENTARY | The Washington Redskins should be on the lookout for help at the cornerback position once free agency begins.

Considering new head coach Jay Gruden's recent comments about improving the back end of the defense, the Redskins are likely to add a corner or two this offseason. Regardless of whether or not they decide to re-sign unrestricted free agent DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins are expected to pursue a cornerback once the free agency market opens on March 11, 2014.

Here are five free agent cornerbacks the Redskins should target.

Aqib Talib - New England Patriots

Talib could come with a high price tag, but his immense talents and shutdown corner abilities could make him worthy of a rich, new contract courtesy of the Redskins.

Of course, the fear associated with pursuing Talib has everything to do with his susceptibility to the injury bug. His career has been littered with ailments that have caused him to miss several games during his tenure in the NFL.

Banking on Talib to stay healthy is something the Redskins will have to think long and hard about if they're serious about signing him. If they can look past the injury concerns and focus primarily on his excellent covering and playmaking skills, then don't be surprised to see the Redskins make a run at Talib as soon as free agency starts.

Alterraun Verner - Tennessee Titans

Contrary to Talib, Verner hasn't experienced any problems staying healthy as he's failed to miss a game during his four years in the NFL. Similar to Talib, Verner is also poised to become one of the league's hottest free agent commodities at the cornerback position.

Verner has emerged as a capable all-around corner that excels at being consistently around the football. Whether he's getting interceptions, deflecting passes or making tackles, Verner makes sure that he's in the center of all the action on defense.

Verner won't come cheap, but he'd be a fine addition to the Redskins' defense.

Vontae Davis - Indianapolis Colts

After almost flaming out with the Miami Dolphins, Davis has been able to turn his career around since being traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a second-round draft pick in 2012.

Davis is one of the better pure cover corners on the free agent market and he'll have his share of suitors this offseason. He'd be a good fit for a Redskins' defense that could use the presence of a corner that excels at covering the pass.

Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie - Denver Broncos

After two poor seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Rodgers-Cromartie experienced a rebirth of sorts with the Broncos in 2013. Although he suggested that he could retire if the Broncos had won the Super Bowl, the corner quickly clarified his remarks by stating his desire to continue his NFL career.

Signing Rodgers-Cromartie won't be as expensive as reeling in the other previously mentioned cornerbacks, so he could become a realistic possibility for the Redskins even if they decide to bring back DeAngelo Hall.

A trio of Hall and Rodgers-Cromartie on the outside and second-year corner David Amerson covering the slot doesn't look too shabby on paper.

Walter Thurmond - Seattle Seahawks

An unheralded member of the "Legion of Boom" Seahawks defense, Thurmond stepped up when given the opportunity to play in 2013.

As a result of his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, signing Thurmond could be a risky proposition for any franchise looking to pick him up in free agency.

If the Redskins are willing to take the chance, Thurmond certainly has the talent to come in and provide adequate play at the cornerback position.

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Drexel Perry is a Washington Redskins and Washington Wizards Yahoo Sports contributor. Follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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