Aqib Talib has had few kind things to say about the Patriots since leaving the team this offseason. He took shots at the Patriots management of his hip and thigh injury. Now, he is picking his current signal caller, Peyton Manning, over his former, Tom Brady.
“You gotta go Peyton Manning,” Talib said Friday on NFL Network. “Tom is a good friend of mine. What’s up Tom, baby? [Manning] had an awesome year. He tore it up. He like set the record for touchdowns. He beat Tom in the AFC Championship. You gotta give it to Peyton. Tom know that’s my dog man, he know.”
It comes as no surprise that Talib is siding with his new quarterback. His comments would be more surprising if his allegiances still lied with Brady. He did, however, have a few thoughts on his contract negotiations with the Patriots and his eventual departure from New England.
“Bill sure didn’t want to give me that money,” Talib said on NFL Network. “So hey, he gave it to Revis. It is what it is.”
Belichick and the Patriots did not match the Broncos’ six-year, $57 million offer. Instead, they signed Revis to a one-year, $12 million contract. Considering differences in contract length and guaranteed money, the two deals are like apples and oranges.
To bring it full circle, however, Brady spoke how big of a challenge Darelle Revis poses at practice.
“I’m tired of throwing against him, that’s for sure,’’ Brady said to Peter King in The Monday Morning Quarterback. “I did tell him, ‘Hey, we plan on building a couple of hotels on your island over there, so don’t be offended.’ “
Luckily the Denver Broncos will once again travel to Foxboro this year to play Tom Brady that according to RazorGator is the most expensive game at Gillette Stadium this season averaging $528 for Patriots tickets.