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No franchise or transition tag for Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman


The Patriots will not use the franchise or transition tag in 2014.

The club said it had no transactions to announce on Monday, the deadline for teams to designate franchise and transition free agents.

The most obvious New England candidate for either tag was cornerback Aqib Talib, though wide receiver Julian Edelman’s strong 2013 form made him a reasonable tag recipient, too.

The Patriots now have a little less than eight days to sign Talib or Edelman before they can officially test the market when the new league year begins next Tuesday. Both are slated to be unrestricted free agents.

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28 Responses to “No franchise or transition tag for Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 3, 2014 4:57 PM

    tom brady overthrows receivers when the chips are down.

    Thank goodness for BOGUS PASS INTERFERENCE CALLS (like the last second one against Cleveland that ensured home field advantage and a first round bye).

  2. theclink12 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:00 PM

    Pftpoet should be along any moment with another dumb Vikings post…

  3. greysolon says: Mar 3, 2014 5:01 PM

    Julian Edelman as franchise tag?? That’s just goofy.

  4. athwartships says: Mar 3, 2014 5:06 PM

    Was anyone really confused that Talib will leave on free agency?

    Edelman on the other hand….that’s interesting.

  5. thegregwitul says: Mar 3, 2014 5:09 PM

    Aqib Talib is not coming back, he’ll get overpaid by someone in the NFC, most likely Washington. There are other corners hitting the market that can be had for cheaper that will be nearly as good as Talib, who proved that he isn’t dependable in clutch moments.

    I could see Edelman resigning, but it’ll be for more than the league minimum, that’s for sure.

  6. thepftpoet says: Mar 3, 2014 5:17 PM

    None of these players want to be an organization that hires criminals (Such as Hernandez, Bellichick)

    Join a real franchise like that Vikings where class is the only thing allowed.

    All of our players dominate in the game and off the field they’re great citizens for the state of Minnesota.

  7. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 3, 2014 5:21 PM


  8. anonymous135 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:24 PM

    Will Edelman have a market outside of NE??

    It seems to me that Belechick and Brady made him, not sure he can produce like he has in NE, outside the organization.

    Project player, Troy Brown type of spare part.. special teams, CB.. he did fill in admirably for Welker, but it was more to do with no one else there to throw to… didn’t have a lot of YAC.

    Maybe he’ll have a Danny Woodhead type impact elsewhere, but I doubt it.. good for him if he does though… tough as knuckles type of kid.

  9. neatz says: Mar 3, 2014 5:25 PM

    theclink12 says:
    Mar 3, 2014 5:00 PM
    Pftpoet should be along any moment with another dumb Vikings post…

    ……………. and right on clue comes the Joker from Vikings… Good call man

  10. craniator says: Mar 3, 2014 5:28 PM

    Good. I hope they lose ’em both.

  11. heisthejuan says: Mar 3, 2014 5:29 PM

    Edelman is strong punt returner and would be a nice complement to an offense that already has a stud or two catching passes, but he doesn’t have the talent or longevity to be a big money acquisition.

  12. mattwalshvideo says: Mar 3, 2014 5:41 PM

    Talib will be a Jet on March 12th

  13. ravenswhat says: Mar 3, 2014 5:41 PM

    Hi drrustbelt. Can you post Dalton’s playoff stats and record again? I think you need your monthly reality check.

    K thanks!

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 3, 2014 5:48 PM

    DON’T FORGET: Andy Dalton DESTROYED tom brady in Week 5

  15. pftisfulloftrolls says: Mar 3, 2014 5:49 PM

    I think teams that don’t use the tags on their best impending FA’s are stupid.

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 3, 2014 5:50 PM

    Andy Dalton CAREER RECORD vs. new england:

    1 win – 0 losses

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    tom brady CAREER RECORD vs. Andy Dalton:

    0 wins – 1 loss

  17. strokinmyego says: Mar 3, 2014 5:53 PM

    Rustbelt is a Bengals fan and a coward. After his pathetic team lost on its home field to the Chargers he was nowhere to be found. Now, since he realizes his team will never be a tenth as good as the Patriots are he trolls their threads out of jealousy and envy.

    1990 Rustbelt. The Patriots worst seasons are better than the Bengals’s best! Enjoy being “led” by Andy Dalton and Marvin 0-5 in the playoffs Lewis. Without Zimmer and Gruden the Bengals will revert to being the Bungles again. But then again, it’s not like they’ve changed that much since the Akili Smith, Ki-Jana Carter and Peter Warrick days.

    As for the actual post, Edelman isn’t worth franchise tag money and frankly neither is Talib. Edelman is a good player but he’s a slot receiver and the Patriots just proved how replaceable those guys are. I must say that I will be more disappointed if Edelman leaves than I was when Welker did. Talib really isn’t worth it either. He graded out as PFF 53rd corner or something like that. He had a great first six and a half games and then spent the rest of the year getting burned by Steve Smith and Josh Gordon. He’s got a chronic hip issue and is a slow healer as well. I wouldn’t go higher than 7 million a year for Talib if I was Belichick and the Patriots.

  18. tigerlilac says: Mar 3, 2014 5:59 PM

    Patriots fans, how many of you post the same comment endlessly on the Bengals threads, the Browns threads, or the Vikings threads? None, is that correct? Thought so.

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 3, 2014 6:35 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:

    DON’T FORGET: Andy Dalton DESTROYED tom brady in Week 5

    Its a complement to the Pats that teams beat them by 1 score and they think they’ve “DESTROYED” the Pats. And that score was 13-6 in the only time they’ve beat the Pats in years.

    Pats fans on the other hand don’t get too excited or thing they’ve “DESTROYED” anything unless that Pats win by minimum 3 and usually 4 TDs. Such as the 41-7 beat down they gave the Ravens last year.

  20. jolink653 says: Mar 3, 2014 6:47 PM

    Don’t even bother answering people like logicalvoice and doctorrustbelt and all the other fake Vikings fans. They count on people being annoyed on ridiculous comments. The definition of trolls

  21. patshatersarelosers says: Mar 3, 2014 6:55 PM

    thepftpoet says: “Join a real franchise like that Vikings where class is the only thing allowed.”

    Hahaha. Two words…Love Boat.

  22. tedmurph says: Mar 3, 2014 7:44 PM

    Dalton playoff record: 0-3. Pts scored: 10/13/10

    Brady playoff record: 18-8, most wins of all time.
    5 SBs, 3Rings(3 more than Dalton ever gets).

    Looks like a tossup.

  23. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 3, 2014 8:26 PM

    Boy, I’d love to have Edelman on my team. Guys like him impress me- nobody from wherever st. just fills in, begins 4th or so on the depth chart, next thing you know he’s everywhere doing great things. Quiet smart football player. Belichick has a knack for finding these guys & getting the most out of them.

  24. oldcracker says: Mar 3, 2014 8:39 PM

    Losing either would be a hit to a normal team. However, when you’re as good as the PATRIOTS, for as long as they have been, you learn quickly how to reload.

    Also, year after year, the PATRIOTS are one of those teams that find those “diamonds in the rough.”
    That’s why team after team tries to copy and imitate them, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 3, 2014 9:03 PM

    new england patriots 1 murderer

    Cincinnati Bengals – 0 murderers

    Okay… you win that one.

  26. ballboy48 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:36 PM

    I could see Edelman as a slot WR in Cleveland. He, Gordon, Cameron, and possibly Sammy Watkins, would make a pretty nice WR Corp.

  27. upperdecker19 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:44 PM

    Putin is flabbergasted

  28. rainmaker1982 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:42 PM

    I disagree with Oldcraker. Losing Talib would really hurt the Pats. I highly doubt there is someone that would be available to replace him via trade or FA. However, I don’t like how 2 years in a row he’s conveniently been injured in AFC title games.

    If you even want a chance to beat Manning or anyone in the AFC, you can’t be soft on defense. Talib adds toughness to the secondary and has become one of the best CB’s in the NFL.

    If the Pats want another chance at a ring with Brady, they may have to overpay to keep Talib. If Talib leaves, the window will slam shut.

    The rest of the NFL will start building their defenses like the Seahawks.

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