Remember when we said that Aqib Talib and the Patriots were reportedly close to a deal? Well, the cornerback apparently had something else up his sleeve. Talib has signed a whopping six-year deal with the Denver Broncos worth $57 million with $26 million guaranteed. His guaranteed money is the highest ever for a cornerback.
Talib had said he’d be willing to take a hometown discount, but a deal like that would be hard for any team to match, or even want to match. It should be interesting to see how this move plays out for the Broncos. Talib is a great pickup for anyone, but his injury history might have Denver wishing they didn’t give him so much time.
With this move, talk is already swirling around the Patriots making moves for Darrelle Revis. All of their money was going towards Talib anyway, so they should be able to offer him what he wants. Revis is currently on the Buccaneers’ trading block, but will likely be released sometime on Wednesday if they can’t reach a deal with another team. Still, Talib’s contract only sets the mark for what Revis will make, meaning he won’t come cheap.
Including the possibility of Revis, there are still some comparable cornerbacks on the market. Alterraun Verner, Vontae Davis, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are all options that the Pats could shoot for. And of course there’s always the possibility of a trade, but there’s not much that the Patriots could afford to give up at this point. But judging by how the first day of free agency has gone, the Patriots are going to have to make moves, and fast.