Measurables: 6'0'', 190 lbs
If the Patriots can't get Aqib Talib to stick around, Greg Toler is the next guy they should call.
The Arizona Cardinals ranked fifth in pass defense in 2012 and Toler was a considerable part of that.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports highlights Toler as the top high-value free agent this offseason, suggesting that he's only going to get better:
[Toler is] is a capable man-cover player who is also a willing tackler. [He is] more than capable of staying with good receivers. He can play press-man, off-man and he seems comfortable playing zone...For a team looking for a 28-year-old corner who would seem to have his best football in front of him, Toler would make a ton of sense.
Toler is a hard-worker who started in semi-pro football and was eventually drafted in the fourth round by Arizona out of a miniature Division II school in Lawrenceville, Va. called St. Paul's.
He played well in a rotational role as a rookie in 2009 and emerged as a starter in 2010. He missed all of 2011 with a torn ACL but eventually came back strong in 2012.
Why They Should Consider Him: With Talib and Alfonzo Dennard's (who may be facing jail time per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald) futures uncertain, the Patriots may be in dire need of a quality cornerback soon enough.
Toler seems to be very coachable given his consistent improvement each year, and if you watch the video above, you'll find that he has a professional approach to the game—both qualities that Bill Belichick covets in his players.