Cornerback Aqib Talib will remain with the New England Patriots. According to NFL.com on Saturday, Talib has agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million. It is not the five-year deal Talib was hoping for but if he has another solid season, the rewards may be greater for Talib who was brought over mid season in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This was situation where the Patriots patience paid off as Talib was allowed to test the free agent market. Bringing back Tabib helps lock down one of the cornerback positions where now getting someone opposite Talib will be the team's focus with question marks surrounding the future of Alphonso Dennard.
Sources believe that Talib's off-field behavior concerned many teams. So far with the Patriots, Talib has been on good behavior and will have to remain so if he wishes to cash in on a greater deal.
But for now, having Aqib Talib back gives stability to the secondary that has now added safety Adrian Wilson to the mix and has also brought by cornerback Kyle Arrington.
In Talib, coach Bill Belichik has a physical corner who has the ability to shut down other team's top receivers as evident in the post season when he basically locked up Houston's Andre Johnson and played Baltimore Ravin's receiver Anquan Boldin tough in the AFC Championship game before leaving the game with a pulled hamstring.
Talib also had interest from the Washington Redskins but chose to return to the Patriots.