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Talib: Pats offer had language that was a “little shaky” compared to Denver’s

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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.

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37 Responses to “Talib: Pats offer had language that was a “little shaky” compared to Denver’s”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 20, 2014 8:04 PM

    John Elway knew he had only 2

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 20, 2014 8:06 PM

    Top 5 Cornerbacks in the NFL:

    1. Darelle Revis
    2. Patrick Peterson
    3. Aquib Talib
    4. Joe Haden
    5. Xavier Rhodes

  3. tvjules says: Mar 20, 2014 8:10 PM

    Why does it seem Denver has no cap limit?

  4. tonyugoh says: Mar 20, 2014 8:13 PM

    I thought the Talib deal was the one overpay Elway made but even then that stance was softened a bit when it was revealed that its mainly a 3 year $27 mil deal, still def some risk there although if he can stay healthy its a game changer.

    All in all though, I have to respect Elway for this all-in approach he’s taking. Sure he’s taking a risk but it also has high reward, he’s frontloaded most of these deals to reduce risk, and if not for his aim-high approach he wouldn’t have landed Manning in the first place, so why change the way you’ve done business if its been successful for you, albeit in a relatively short period.

  5. campcouch says: Mar 20, 2014 8:14 PM

    All Pats players know that if your name isn’t Brady,you’re not getting paid lol.

  6. bigbenownsthenfl says: Mar 20, 2014 8:20 PM

    Everything the pats do is “shaky” ITA the patriot way!

  7. briscocountyjr says: Mar 20, 2014 8:21 PM

    “Why does it seem Denver has no cap limit?”

    Because you don’t understand their pre-FA cap situation, or the structure of contracts they executed this period. They started with about $27mil in cap space before free agency started.

  8. andyprough1 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:31 PM

    Denver knocks him out of the biggest game of the year with a hit from a 5 foot 8 inch munchkin, and then they want him on their team?

    That’s just plain silly. The man is clearly soft as a marshmallow.

  9. mornelithe says: Mar 20, 2014 8:33 PM

    Loved you when you were here Talib, and able to play, but the Pats moved on to a better all around CB…sorry. Hope you enjoy your stay with Denver though, no hard feelings.

    Now, release your medical records, and we’ll determine whether the Patriots were playing with the injury report…or, if you were simply taking shots at your former team.

  10. thevikesarebest says: Mar 20, 2014 8:33 PM

    The cheating spygate/injurygate nation was being cheap like usual.Why go to the donkeys who get blown out in superbowls.Should’ve came to the vikings and have the best defensive mastermind in the league,mike zimmer.our franchise is on the rise.SKOL

  11. gunnybunny31 says: Mar 20, 2014 8:41 PM

    Stay classy New England.

  12. realnflmaster says: Mar 20, 2014 8:43 PM

    Cheating? Is anyone surprised?

  13. jchipwood says: Mar 20, 2014 8:47 PM

    Is Tom Curran a dr? If they were the same part then it wouldnt be an issue but you would certainly think someone who is trained in that field would be able to know the difference. So either the pats are lying or their team dr doesn’t know his anatomy. Either way you can expect shady things from this organization.

  14. stealthjunk says: Mar 20, 2014 9:00 PM

    Curran’s argument that the “hip and quad are connected so it’s the same thing” is silly. My elbow and forearm are connected, but when I hurt my elbow I don’t go around telling people I hurt my forearm. — they would think I was crazy Unless of course I was trying to mislead people or play games. That’s all that’s going on here — the Pats are trying to justify what everyone else sees as a blatant lie and they’re using Curran as their mouthpiece.

  15. smartanis says: Mar 20, 2014 9:01 PM

    Shaky like Talib’s aim.

  16. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 20, 2014 9:05 PM

    We get it. Denver paid you more money than the Patriots offered. Thank you. Move on.

  17. bennyb82 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:14 PM

    The Patriots don’t need to respond because they got the hotter catch…

  18. infectorman says: Mar 20, 2014 9:33 PM

    Talib would know all about being a “little shaky”

    #offfieldbehaivior
    #disappearswhenitmattersmost

  19. jolink653 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:34 PM

    It’s a shame it didn’t work out contract-wise with Talib here. He really made sure to stay in line and became a valuable leader on the defense. Great that Revis is replacing him, but Talib gave a great year and a half. Hopefully he does well for Denver (except against the Patriots)

  20. jaygruntboston says: Mar 20, 2014 9:41 PM

    what because it was a little less money? this kid is going to be another Haynesworth story of one who doesn’t produce for the money. 26 million guaranteed on a 57 million dollar contract? this punk will already be getting his money, and will slack off. good luck to you Denver after he limps off the field every first quarter! owww my hip! owww my quad! pathetic.

  21. thumper00 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:42 PM

    Just goes to show how much they wanted him, The guy is good when healthy but he’s made of glass….. that(hip) has been a problem for 3 years or more……………………….

  22. badmoonrison says: Mar 20, 2014 10:02 PM

    How do Pats fans sleep at night knowing that they root for a team that has a long, proven track record of cheating in order to win? Shameful, man. History will take note of the asterisks next to your wins.

  23. explosionsauce says: Mar 20, 2014 10:04 PM

    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.

    Not taking a chance and now winning a Super Bowl would be bad

  24. thekidsparrow44 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:21 PM

    To everyone saying that Denver is going to have a lot of salary cap problems: They had $28 million at the start of free agency. They released Champ and Kuper retired, leaving them with $42 million. After all the transactions were completed they still have $5 million dollars of cap room. A lot of their best players are still on their rookie contracts( e.g Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas) Manning and Ware will be retired in the next few years, so that’s roughly $30 million freed up. In addition, it is widely speculated that the cap will increase in the upcoming years as well.

  25. jasonculhane says: Mar 20, 2014 10:24 PM

    I don’t understand why people are quick to defend this team, when it seems over and over there is something real shady about how they conduct their business.

    They were fined for spygate…NFL doesn’t fine you 500,000 dollars and dock you a draft pick when you weren’t doing “nothing wrong”…

    Then these false injury things…This isn’t the only time we’ve heard about it from this team.

  26. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 20, 2014 10:32 PM

    A quad and a hip are not the same area. Close maybe, but closeness is relative term and matter of perspective. One is a bone joint and the other is a muscle group. These are completely different parts of the human anatomy.

  27. j0esixpack says: Mar 20, 2014 10:50 PM

    Do these Patriots haters really not know the extent to which football icons George Halas, Lamar Hunt and others “cheated” and spied on other teams?

    I mean seriously guys – obsess much? They violated a 2006 rule change on camera placement in the first game of 2007

    And once they stopped “cheating” they went 16-0 for the first and only time in the history of the NFL (not the proof of being “unable to win without cheating” that you seem to think it is, is it)

    Talk about an Epic Fail by jealous fans

  28. skiss68 says: Mar 20, 2014 10:52 PM

    Your track record is a “little shady.”

  29. slaugin says: Mar 21, 2014 12:16 AM

    How do I sleep? Oh yea on a bed surrounded by Super Bowl/Stanley Cup/World Series/NBA Championship winning moments hanging on my walls. Why how do you sleep?

  30. joetoronto says: Mar 21, 2014 4:16 AM

    “It had language in there that definitely was a little shaky, they called it English.”

  31. dsigrey says: Mar 21, 2014 8:34 AM

    Keep saying it was your quad Talib when the video clearly show you grabbing your hip… Not having language in the contract to protect themselves would be bad business. Talib’s job is to play 16 plus games and stay out of trouble, if he does so that language means nothing. The fact is the Pats took a chance on a troubled player that benefited both the player and the team (except when the player couldn’t stay on the field in the two biggest games of his career). Had Talib stayed in Tampa, he would have never came close to this contract. Odds are better he would have had more off the field issues and ended up out of the league. So thank the Pats and move on Talib, be grateful.

  32. rc33 says: Mar 21, 2014 9:42 AM

    Laughable free-bowl-of-soup jamokes still, after all this time, losing sleep and sweating bullets over every little thing Belichick says or does.

  33. surfinbird1 says: Mar 21, 2014 1:57 PM

    The Pats should have let his ass rot in Tampa. He makes no sense at all. Won’t be in Denver very long.

  34. infectorman says: Mar 21, 2014 2:19 PM

    Hey!! NIMROD Haters!?!??!!

    NE ended up with the best flippin’ CB in the league!!!!
    Talib may be alot of things, including shaky in more ways than one, but HE AIN’T DARRELLE REVIS!!!!!

    Game, set and match

  35. rahavort says: Mar 22, 2014 8:25 AM

    Shut up Talib. You’re just whining that the Patriots weren’t going to pay you an absurd amount of money to you and your old man hips. You’re injury prone, and not worth 30 mil. Get over it

  36. football06483 says: Mar 22, 2014 4:22 PM

    Hey Talib,, The shaky part is they don’t feel like paying you for getting hurt in every important game you ‘ve played since being with the patriots.. And Oh yea that time you fell pretty hard on your hip and missed 3 or 4 weeks.. That injury last a lot longer than that.. So don’t try to tell everyone your hip was fine when every time you got hurt that’s where your hands went .. NOT for friggin knees or your thighs.. Your kind of shaky if you ask me…

  37. brobroski says: Mar 22, 2014 4:57 PM

    Revis > Talib, end of story.

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