Howe On Toucher & Rich: Talib Won’t Be Franchised, But Signing Corner A Priority For Patriots

March 3, 2014 2:45 PM
Howe On Toucher & Rich: Talib Won’t Be Franchised, But Signing Corner A Priority For Patriots
" BOSTON (CBS) — Monday is the deadline for NFL teams to place the franchise tag on players, and it looks as though the Patriots won’t use their tag for the second straight season.

That means Aqib Talib will hit the free agent market, but The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe says the corner remains a priority for New England this offseason.

“I’ve been saying for about two months now that they’re not going to franchise him; it just doesn’t make sense financially,” Howe said on Monday’s Toucher & Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “They probably want to sign him for three years at $21 million with a max of $25 million with incentives. If the Patriots franchise him it’s $11.8 million right off the bat. He can say ‘if I was going to get a $21-25 million deal I’d probably get $12 million guaranteed anyways. If I can get that for one season why would I do anyone a solid and let them roll that over into three years when I could be cut after two?’ That’s why the Patriots aren’t going to franchise him; they concede all the leverage "

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