Wiggy: If Patriots Don’t Show Talib The Money Another Team Will

February 18, 2014 11:17 PM
Wiggy: If Patriots Don’t Show Talib The Money Another Team Will
" BOSTON (CBS) – After being traded to New England from Tampa Bay, Aqib Talib has given the Patriots their first cover cornerback since Asante Samuel, and perhaps their best secondary player since Rodney Harrison and Ty Law*.

*Of course, the asterisk being “when healthy.”

When healthy, Aqib Talib is capable of shutting down the opposing team’s best receiver. When unhealthy, as we saw against Baltimore and Denver in consecutive AFC Championship Games, the wheels of the defense fall right off the wagon.

Talib played 2013 under a 1-year $5 million deal, and another short term deal for the Pro Bowl corner is simply unrealistic.

The period to franchise players began on Monday and the tag for cornerbacks is over $11 million, which comes with its pros and cons: while you’d be paying top dollar for his services it would only be for one season, which satisfies his wants (money) and yours (no long term commitment).

Zolak: Patriots Should Franchise Talib

Marc Bertrand, Adam Jones and former Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins debated this topic to kick off Tuesday’s show "

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