Nov 18, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (31) returns the punt for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Aqib Talib Expected to Return to Patriots?

The market for cornerbacks is slim and all the New England Patriots have to do is grab number 31 Aqib Talib before anyone else does. According to Adam Schefter, he believes that there is a good chance that Aqib Talib will return to New England.

Making his debut late in the season against the Indianapolis Colts, Talib recorded 19 tackles and 1 interception last season. Unfortunately, a hip injury in the regular season game against the Houston Texans and hamstring in the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens have set Talib back. When healthy, Talib is a tremendous weapon in the Patriots secondary and we all know the impact he makes. It’s worth to remember that the Patriots had control of the game against the Ravens, and should Talib had been in the game, chances are the results might have been very different.

It’s a crucial move to sign Talib as we all know that one of the high-sought cornerback – former Miami Dolphins Sean Smith has left the Florida coast to join Alex Smith’s new club Kansas City Chiefs.

Apparently the Dolphins never made an offer to Smith, so for him it’s a no-brainer as he was offered and agreed to a three-year $18 million deal, which $12 million is guaranteed.

His deal also helps set the market for cornerback and I think Talib will want a relatively good deal – not only in terms of dollars amount, but also long-term. The Patriots were skeptical to offer Talib a long-term deal, but I just don’t think we would be in better position in losing Talib when there is a roomy-cap space to work with. Quite frankly, I’m surprise he still in the open market as the Washington Redskins were showing high interest in signing Talib, but due to their cap problems, the possibility has been slim.

 

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