The New England Patriots have re-signed cornerback Aqib Talib. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter this morning, the Patriots have struck a one-year deal with Talib. A talented corner, but troubled off the field, Talib was a free agent this offseason but received little attention in a flooded corner market this season. Financial details have not been released as of yet.
This is a win-win for both sides. Talib had several off-field issues while he was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers including an incident in Texas last offseason involving a gun and assault charges which were eventually dropped. The Patriots have never been afraid of a players past track record and some times the rewards outweigh the risks for New England. See Randy Moss over Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco.
Talib is a physical corner and the Patriots need help in the secondary. If Talib is able to produce on the field this season while staying out of trouble, he should reap a nice payday next season in a free agent market that won’t include so many big name corners. Talib had one interception for the Patriots after joining the team at the NFL trade deadline and returned the pick 59 yards for a score.
Despite a slow start to the free agency period, the Patriots have become very active in the last 48 hours.
UPDATE: NFL reporter Albert Breer is now reporting the deal is worth 45 million for one season, no mention of how much is guaranteed.