When assessing the recent assault by Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib on his former team’s injury-reporting habits, it’s important to account for the possibility that he’s a little disgruntled.
And here’s why he could be a little disgruntled. Talib recently told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that the offer made by the Patriots to keep him in New England “had language in there that definitely was a little shaky” in comparison to the offer made by the Broncos.
Talib, who has a history of off-field issues, undoubtedly is referring to devices aimed at protecting the Patriots against another Aaron Hernandez-style situation, with per-game roster bonuses or voided guarantees or any of the other permissible things a team can do to avoid the embarrassment of giving a guy millions and then having him land in, you know, jail.
The Pats simply couldn’t afford another situation to Hernandez. The Broncos, who are going all in with the goal of winning a Super Bowl or two before Peyton Manning retires, have no such concerns. Taking a chance on Talib and having it blow up in their faces would be as bad as not taking a chance and now winning a Super Bowl.
Meanwhile, Talib’s position that he was listed as having a hip injury when he actually had a quad injury conflicts with the reports, originating from sources close to Talib, that he suffered a strained hip flexor. Besides, and as Tom Curran of CSN New England pointed out during Thursday’s PFT Live, the quad and the hip are basically in the same area.
It unclear how disgruntled Talib really is. He definitely seems to be happy about the season-plus with the Pats.
“I loved my time there,” Talib told King. “I loved playing for Bill. He’s a great leader. I’ll be able to tell my kids I played for Bill Belichick someday and I was Tom Brady’s teammate. Really, it’s just a dream I’m experiencing, when two great organizations want you like this.”
If Talib is willing to take shots publicly at the team’s injury reporting habits when he’s happy to have been there, we’d hate to see what he’d say if he really was upset.