Thursday, January 31, 2013
A tag for Talib?
By Tim Kavanagh
The New England Patriots got some fine work out of CB Aqib Talib after acquiring him from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers midway through the 2012 season. In fact, Talib's value to the team may have been best demonstrated after he was knocked out of the AFC championship game, and the Pats' secondary fell apart. The bad news for the Patriots is that Talib is set to hit free agency this offseason, and while we don't know what his exact salary demands are, he won't be coming cheap.
There are three outcomes here: the Pats and Talib agree to a new deal, the Pats franchise tag Talib or he hits the free agent market on March 12. Regarding that second possibility, the cost of doing so would run the Pats $10.668 million for 2013, per NFL.com, unless the two sides were able to work out a longer-term deal by the midsummer deadline (as was the case with a few of the franchise taggees last offseason). ESPNBoston.com scribe Mike Reiss addressed that scenario in his chat session on Thursday:
Mike ReissMight not be a fiscally sound move
"The tag would be around $10.6 million for Talib. I think that's a little rich on the one-year term, but can I have a little more time to think about that?"