Saturday, March 16, 2013
Aqib Talib fortifies Patriots' secondary
By James Walker
One day after fixing their safety position with Adrian Wilson, the New England Patriots filled another big need at cornerback.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Patriots have agreed to a one-year contract with Aqib Talib. New England traded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the former first-round pick last season, and Talib quickly became the Patriots’ best corner.
The length of the contract proves New England still has skepticism about Talib. The Patriots like his talent, but previous off-the-field issues and an NFL suspension prevented them from signing Talib to a long-term contract. This one-year agreement allows the Patriots to feel out Talib for another season and potentially explore long-term negotiations if necessary in 2014.
Talib is a player New England needed on the field. He showed good ability to cover man-to-man, and the Patriots were able to blitz more last season as a result.
Signing Talib and Wilson the past two days is huge for New England’s secondary. The Patriots were 29th in pass defense last season. Expect a big improvement against the pass this season.