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Broncos deliver another blow to Patriots: Aqib Talib signs with Denver

Aqib Talib #31 of the New England Patriots celebrates after an interception against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Remember the hit Wes Welker delivered on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship game that knocked the Patriots top corner out of the game? Well, the Denver Broncos just delivered another blow. As the Boston Herald reports on March 12, Talib signed a six-year contract with the Broncos.

According to the report the deal is worth $57 million, including $26 million in guaranteed money. This is the second consecutive year the New England Patriots have sat back and watched one of their top players walk away and go to Denver.

The Broncos, a team that got thumped in the Super Bowl, has vastly improved their defense with the signing of Talib and T.J. Ward. Now Denver is setting their sights on the defensive line. The Patriots, on the other hand, are left without a top cornerback.

As the Patriots were rumored to have been in aggressive talks with Aqib Talib to bring him back, his health history may have been a concern. Talib is a shut down corner when healthy, but his unavailability during the last two AFC Championship games were blows to the team’s chances to win.

If healthy, Talib is that player the Broncos need to win the Super Bowl. If injuries nag at Talib, then Broncos fans could end up being just as frustrated as Patriots fans were when the games really counted. But that is a risk all teams take, especially in the National Football League.

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