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Aqib Talib is ready for his free agent payday

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Once, just once, it would be refreshing to hear a player suggest he’s looking for a sub-par deal, confirming that it’s not all about the money.

That player apparently won’t be Patriots free agent cornerback Aqib Talib, at least not this year.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Talib “wants to be paid as a top-of-the-market corner in free agency, according to a source.”

As opposed to all the middle-of-the-market guys, naturally.

With the Dolphins setting the bar with Brent Grimes‘ four-year, $32 million deal (which included $16 million guaranteed), the cost for high-end corners has been established.

And since Talib is younger and arguably better, it stands to reason (at least to the sources close to Talib) that he should make that much or more.

Talib signed a one-year deal worth $5.5 million last offseason, figuring to get his long-term deal this offseason.

Whether the Patriots are prepared to meet those demands remains to be seen.

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48 Responses to “Aqib Talib is ready for his free agent payday”
  1. athwartships says: Mar 5, 2014 11:51 AM

    Big mistake, Talib.

  2. freevinnycurry says: Mar 5, 2014 11:53 AM

    Pay this man and regret it forever. Classic “one year deal” guy forever. You give him security and he’ll give you police reports.

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    Come to the Vikings, We already have two of the most promising secondaries in the NFL

  4. time4complaints says: Mar 5, 2014 11:57 AM

    Of course he “wants to be paid as a top-of-the-market corner…” It doesn’t mean he should or will get that sort of payday.

  5. Obama's Ballsack says: Mar 5, 2014 11:59 AM

    Want to be paid big and can’t stay healthy?

  6. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 5, 2014 12:06 PM

    Thank you so much Miami for setting the price on a 30 year old corner at $32 million.

  7. patriotinvasion says: Mar 5, 2014 12:07 PM

    If the Pats let him walk and are just going to rely on Dennard (who is in jail right now for another 33 days), Arrington, Logan Ryan, and some 3rd round scrub rookie, then they might as well just stay on vacation because the season will end the same way it has for the past 4 seasons…with the defense forcing no turnovers or game changing plays…giving up 24+ points and making it harder on the offense against better defense. Gotta pay him and take the risk.

  8. denverwally says: Mar 5, 2014 12:07 PM

    I like Aquib on the Pats, but he does seem to have this habit of getting injured in the biggest games of the season. I don’t hold the Welker cheap shot on him as his fault in the AFC championship, but was frustrated that he never made it back into the game, just like the tweaked hamstring in the AFC championship the season before. Their pass D is great with him in, and below average with him out.
    Pay him a lot of money at your own risk.

  9. patriotsarespygaters says: Mar 5, 2014 12:07 PM

    and his tenure in new england is done.. he wouldn’t be relevant anymore
    BYE BYE with your suspect hips

  10. denverwally says: Mar 5, 2014 12:07 PM

    Sorry, Aqib, not Aquib.

  11. 6ball says: Mar 5, 2014 12:08 PM

    .

    1. His play in Tampa was unremarkable.

    2. He’s had multiple off field incidents

    3. He had one good year with the Patriots which may have been aided by scheme.

    I can’t see Belichick getting into a bidding war for him.

    .

  12. ttommytom says: Mar 5, 2014 12:10 PM

    But Brent Grimes doesn’t borrow his mother’s Gat/Roscoe/Jammy for evening fun…

  13. dohpey28 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:10 PM

    I would be scared to give this guy any serious guaranteed money. Forget that he is injury prone, his off the field life has been a mess at best.

  14. schmitty2 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:13 PM

    thepftpoet says:Mar 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    Come to the Vikings, We already have two of the most promising secondaries in the NFL

    I was unaware a team could have 2 secondaries.

  15. azarkhan says: Mar 5, 2014 12:13 PM

    He was excellent with the Patriots but they never pay market value, so he’s gone. He’ll be tough to replace.

  16. theclink12 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:17 PM

    Memo to Talib:

    Jim Harbaugh wants to be paid like a Super Bowl winning coach but that doesn’t mean it is gonna happen.

  17. flastrat says: Mar 5, 2014 12:18 PM

    Play-by-play commentary, “And down goes Talib. I think Belichik is down to the cheerleaders. Do you think Talib will be embarressed in the off-season when they don’t franchise-tag him because even the cheerleaders could play more physically than him?”

  18. stew48 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:18 PM

    The pats deserve him.

  19. igotgamenj says: Mar 5, 2014 12:18 PM

    This was one of the best players on NE. Def was total different when he was on the field say what you want but NE will miss this guy

  20. vaphinfan says: Mar 5, 2014 12:19 PM

    What a great move by Miami. Signed a good corner and set the market high so the pats won’t resign Talib.

  21. clarencewhorley says: Mar 5, 2014 12:22 PM

    Dear Talib,

    See you later, have fun in Oakland or DC

  22. milkmandanimal says: Mar 5, 2014 12:25 PM

    The Patriots don’t overpay, which is why he’s leaving. If I had to bet money, Washington finds a way to get him. It gives them an opportunity to overpay somebody else per usual, plus he gets reunited with Raheem Morris, who drafted him.

  23. patriottony says: Mar 5, 2014 12:29 PM

    Thanks for nothing TALIB,,,the last two seasons,,for 6-7 minutes in the AFC Championship game you looked like the real deal stifling the opposing team (Ravens,,Denver) in both games by the third possesion your were limping and grabbing your jones. If you had played 100% in those two games,,the PATS would have been in two superbowls. Those are the FACTS,,,period.

  24. mingyabro says: Mar 5, 2014 12:29 PM

    Have to agree with the Pats here. How can you pay a guy top dollar when he let you down, not once, but twice..WHEN IT MATTERED MOST in the AFC Championship games. Not to mention he has a bad hip, and he couldnt come back from a Welker hit? Dudes lucky he plays D and not offense. After the second time he left the AFC championship game in the first quarter, I had enough of him as well. Good riddons dude, some dumb team will pay you more than your worth, then reap the ailments that come with it.

  25. orivar says: Mar 5, 2014 12:40 PM

    “Once, just once, it would be refreshing to hear a player suggest he’s looking for a sub-par deal,”

    No it wouldn’t. Contracts are at-will based on how a team feels, get a subpar contract and say something happens and end up cut, you lose out.

  26. nyjalleffingday says: Mar 5, 2014 12:41 PM

    Players indicate that the money isn’t everything for them all the time, to my memory, most recently being Mohammed Wilkerson. It’s just that the media would much rather cover a Darrelle Revis type contract situation where the player feels they’re not being paid enough because controversy sells a lot more than being a “good guy” does. Lets not pretend that sensationalist websites EXACTLY like this one don’t contribute to the trend of players going for more money. The players and agents use websites like this all the time as a vehicle for pushing their case in the court of public opinion.

  27. djlexluger says: Mar 5, 2014 12:41 PM

    Why play game where you can get seriously injured and look for “sub-par” money?

    - I’m living fast when it’s all about the money bags” -Rick Ross

  28. sportsnut101 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:44 PM

    5 yr 44 mil

  29. mathomp3 says: Mar 5, 2014 12:45 PM

    “Once, just once, it would be refreshing to hear a player suggest he’s looking for a sub-par deal, confirming that it’s not all about the money.”

    Maybe you should take a pay-cut to prove that it isn’t all about money…oh, right it is all about money.

  30. thegregwitul says: Mar 5, 2014 12:48 PM

    He’s gone, Pats fans. I’ve said it for years in these comments; Talib is talented but not worth the trouble. He’ll gamble and get burned and he has an injury history that began in Tampa as he was beginning to show his potential that he won’t ever be able to shake. How many big time games does this guy need to miss before the point rings true?

    Let him walk to Washington, who will likely overpay for his services. Either them or Oakland, a team flush with cap space that they have to spend. Look to replace him with a Vontae Davis and save yourself the money and headache. This is coming from an unbiased Bucs fan who has followed Talib closely, don’t get burned again New England. The same can be said to a certain extent for Blount, who plays like a RB half his size and showed his true colors in the Broncos playoff game. These guys were unloaded for a reason.

  31. c9zz says: Mar 5, 2014 12:53 PM

    Any corner that gets taken out of a game by someone the size of Welker isn’t going to draw top money. Plus, it would be nice if he could finish a season and play all 16 games.

  32. crubenst says: Mar 5, 2014 12:57 PM

    I think the pats made a mistake not tagging him. Their defense clearly needs him and he plays best on a one year deal. I’d rather overpay for one year and get his best than lock him up long term and risk his implosion.

  33. uglydingo says: Mar 5, 2014 12:59 PM

    Big decision for Belichick. Aqib Talib is his best DB but Bill is reticent to commit really big money on another problem child. I expect that he will let him walk.

  34. RE LEE says: Mar 5, 2014 1:18 PM

    Well, good luck Talib… Can’t see the pats paying premium price for you. BB will just have to scrounge for rough gems to cut and polish yet again. Maybe this time he’ll find someone diamond-like and not like breakable glass like you. Pats need durable players this season. The last one was just punishing. Between you and Edelman … I hope the pats keep Edelman.

  35. idothis2 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:21 PM

    The Pats dont overpay?. try telling that to Adalius Thomas…

  36. rainmaker1982 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:22 PM

    He’s the Pats best DB since Ty Law. But him checking out of two AFC title games really bothers me. I don’t think they would’ve beat Denver, but they were in total control of Baltimore the year before. When he checked out, “Jump Ball” Joe Flacco was born.

    Unless the Pats have some really good replacement, which they don’t have on the team currently, you may have to overpay to keep him.

  37. firechief2 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:31 PM

    Some people just don’t get it….this guy is no good, can’t stay on the field….he’s a quitter….very selfish….geeez….you people that are soooo knowledgeable about football can’t be that blind….so he made a few good plays, woopie do….he’s can’t do it consistently ….get’s burned a lot of time….. bad hip when he get’s burned so you feel bad for him….I would cut him so fast, he wouldn’t know which way is up…. where is his history if he’s so damn good….remember this…the Patriots survived very well all these years without him….he is not GOD, the savior…..stop already….he’s not worth the money he made last year, and you want to give him more???

  38. davetrembley says: Mar 5, 2014 1:38 PM

    The Pats will cheap out and pass on Talib like they always do.

  39. surfinbird1 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:49 PM

    Bye!

  40. bearclaw69 says: Mar 5, 2014 1:54 PM

    Silly comments from the media such as “With the Dolphins setting the bar with Brent Grimes‘ four-year, $32 million deal (which included $16 million guaranteed), the cost for high-end corners has been established” is one reason players just do not get it. Just because some guy got overpaid somewhere else does NOT automatically mean YOU are going to get overpaid where you are, or anywhere else for that matter. Each negotiation is different, and although agents want to treat each signing like a Realtor likes to use neighborhood comps to set the price on a piece of real estate, it is NOT the same thing. One team might have had such a great need that they were willing to overpay for a player at a certain position. If YOU wanted that pay, YOU should have tried to get them to offer that money to YOU. YOU missed out, however, and there is no guarantee anyone else will match it. Get a ticket for the clue bus.

  41. vegasgreek says: Mar 5, 2014 2:18 PM

    THE RAIDERS HAVE THE MONEY TO SIGN TALIB & SAM SHIELDS & JARRIUS BYRD ! DO IT !

  42. posmoo says: Mar 5, 2014 2:18 PM

    “Just because some guy got overpaid somewhere else does NOT automatically mean YOU are going to get overpaid where you are, or anywhere else for that matter.”

    Grimes played like an all pro last year, and he only costs $8 million a year. And he’s the 11th highest paid corner. He’s not overpaid.

  43. beachsidejames says: Mar 5, 2014 2:20 PM

    Patriots don’t pay

  44. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 5, 2014 2:22 PM

    No brainer. Let the china doll walk.

  45. Ed Bandell says: Mar 5, 2014 2:47 PM

    Right, so when your job offers you a raise, you don’t take it because you want to be paid like the minimum wage workers?

    Seriously. You want to be paid in accordance to how hard you think you work and what you think you are worth, just like anybody else.

    Football careers are very short-lived and you have to make your money while you can. Whenever the team has leverage on you they look to cut your pay, so when you have the hammer you have to use it. I can completely understand that.

  46. marima07 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:57 PM

    It was a pleasure watching a ‘real’ cornerback play for the Patriots for the last year and a half, even with his injuries. It’s been too long since the days of Ty Law, and I’ll miss Talib when he’s gone.

  47. dlk47823 says: Mar 5, 2014 2:58 PM

    For the past 10 years, Kraft and BB have been lying to free agents.
    “Take less money and win the Super Bowl”
    The act is wearing thin.

  48. igotgamenj says: Mar 5, 2014 7:31 PM

    Grimes was an all pro last year

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