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New England Patriots could use transition tag on Aqib Talib

Although this didn’t come from a source or anything like that, I still found Greg Bedard’s note about the New England Patriots potentially using the transition tag on Aqib Talib. We’ve all heard about the franchise tag, and it’s safe to say that the Patriots aren’t going to give $10.6 million up to tag Talib.

That’s an awful lot of money to give a cornerback, and the only impending free agent CB who could be worth the tag is Brent Grimes of the Atlanta Falcons. His situation comes down to health. Talib most likely won’t be getting the franchise tag, and I highly doubt we see the Pats using the tag on anyone this offseason.

But here is what Bedard said about using the transition tag on Aqib Talib, “The Patriots could very well use the transition tag — right of refusal and no compensation, as opposed to two first-round picks with the franchise tag — on Talib and save about $1.7 million.”

The transition tag would cost the Patriots $8.9 million, but the transition tag does not include any compensation (the franchise tag gives the team that uses it two first-rounders if another team signs that player). However, it would give the Patriots the right of first refusal. The Pats could slap Aqib Talib with the transition tag, but I doubt we see that happen either. I think both sides would much rather try and get a long-term deal done, but it seems like Talib wants to check out how things look in the open market.

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