By Eric Schmidt

The New England Patriots traded for Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib just prior to the trade deadline this season in order to try to bolster their secondary. Talib was a rental for the Patriots this year, with his impending free agency. The corner suffered an injury in the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens, but it appears that Talib is ready to explore free agency.

When asked by reporters, Talib responded about his possible return to the team, “That’s the business side of the business. I definitely enjoyed being a Patriot.”

Head coach Bill Belichick was asked whether or not Talib would be brought back after this season, and declined an answer in typical Jedi fashion.

The Patriots are going to have a lot of questions heading into the offseason. Finishing for the second year in a row at the bottom of ranking in pass defense is going to be one of them.

Talib, a talented corner that could be on the verge of becoming a top corner in the league comes with a lot of baggage. He has a very troubled past. He is highly volatile off the field and he might find that his idea of the interest he might generate in free agency is going to be actually less than his reality. He had no issues that made it to the media while with New England, but his recent track record might prevent him from landing the multi-million dollar long-term situation that he is obviously looking for.

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