Description: Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib agreed to a six-year, $57 million deal with Denver late Tuesday night. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Talib lost to the Broncos in the AFC Championship so naturally he decided to sign with them as a free agent. The $26 million Talib is getting in guaranteed money is the most ever by a cornerback. Now that Talib and Alterraun Verner are off the market, the Patriots will probably go after Antonio Cromartie or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to fill their vacant corner slot. Of course, the biggest prize would be soon-to-be free agent Darrelle Revis. It remains to be seen if that's a real possibility for New England.
2/9/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: New England won't use its franchise tag on impending free agent Aqib Talib according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Howe says the Patriots are prepared to offer Talib three years and $21 million, which is pretty fair given that Talib's 2013 salary was only $4.86 million. Talib, a second-team All-Pro selection, missed most of New England's AFC Championship loss to Denver after taking a hit from former Patriot Wes Welker in the first half.
1/22/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Aqib Talib's knee injury isn't serious. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: Talib, who missed the vast majority of last week's loss to Denver after taking a brutal hit from Wes Welker, probably won't need surgery. He'll be replaced in the Pro Bowl by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Talib will be a free agent after the season but there's a strong chance New England will use its franchise tag on the stud corner if the two sides can't work out a long-term agreement.
1/19/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Patriots All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib has gone to the locker room with what appears to be a rib injury.
Insight: Talib got tangled up with Broncos receiver Wes Welker and limped to the sidelines. Talib got injured in the AFC Championship game last year as well. Devin McCourty has come on to take his place with Duron Harmon filling in for McCourty at free safety.
11/24/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: New England corner Aqib Talib will be active for Sunday's game against Denver.
Insight: Talib re-injured his strained hip flexor during last week's loss to Carolina. He'll probably be asked to cover Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas on Sunday night.
11/19/2013 9:16:00 PM
Description: Patriots corner Aqib Talib, back after missing three games with a strained hip flexor, re-injured it in the fourth quarter.
Insight: Talib had been leading the league in interceptions at the time of his injury and always covers the opposition's best receiver. With Denver next up on the schedule, Talib's health is of major importance.
11/18/2013 7:32:00 PM
Description: Patriots corner Aqib Talib is back after missing three games with a strained hip flexor.
Insight: New England went 2-1 without him. Talib had been leading the league in interceptions at the time of his injury.
11/3/2013 3:30:00 PM
Description: New England's cornerback Aqib Talib has been declared inactive for Week 9 against Pittsburgh.
Insight: It should make life easier for Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger.
11/2/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: New England's most likely course of action is to keep cornerback Aqib Talib sidelined until after the team's bye week. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: That means Talib should be back for Week 11 at Carolina. Despite missing two games in a row with a strained hip flexor, Talib is still tied for the league-lead in interceptions with four.
10/27/2013 11:59:00 AM
Description: The Patriots will be without cornerback Aqib Talib Sunday versus the Dolphins.
Insight: Talib has been slow to recover from a strained hip flexor he suffered two weeks ago against New Orleans. Kyle Arrington and Logan Ryan should see more playing time in his absence.
10/27/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: We'll know for sure in about an hour but for now, it doesn't look like New England cornerback Aqib Talib will be available for Week 8 against the Dolphins.
Insight: Geno Smith torched the Pats secondary in Week 7 and Ryan Tannehill should have a chance to do the same with Talib (strained hip flexor) likely out for the second straight week.
10/24/2013 11:44:00 AM
Description: Patriots star cornerback Aqib Talib practiced for a second consecutive day but is still questionable for Sunday's game against Miami.
Insight: If Talib plays, then Miami No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace, loses fantasy value.
10/19/2013 10:46:00 AM
Description: Patriots star cornerback Aqib Talib is almost certain to miss Sunday's game against the Jets.
Insight: Talib did practice on Friday but ESPN's Chris Mortensen notes that he didn't look very comfortable. Talib injured his hip during last week's win against the Saints. He's tied for the league-lead in interceptions with four.
10/18/2013 1:23:00 PM
Description: New England cornerback Aqib Talib (hip injury) returned to practice on Friday after missing the first two sessions this week.
Insight: Talib isn't likely to be 100 percent by kickoff and the Pats may try to squeeze past the Jets without him. Given Bill Belichick's communication with the media, we probably won't know for sure until inactives are announced Sunday morning.
10/13/2013 6:51:00 PM
Description: New England cornerback Aqib Talib exited Sunday's game against New Orleans with a hip injury.
Insight: That should open the door for Jimmy Graham who Talib had been covering before the injury. So far, Graham has been targeted four times without a catch.
3/16/2013 3:32:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that cornerback Aqib Talib has re-signed with the Patriots.
Insight: It's a one-year contract worth $5 million. The former first-round pick collected 40 tackles and two interceptions in 10 games last season. He played his first four games with the Buccaneers before being dealt to New England just prior to November's trade deadline. Talib sat out four games last season after testing positive for Adderall, a banned substance under the league's collective bargaining agreement.
1/21/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: WEEI's Christopher Price doesn't think the Patriots will be able to retain impending free agent Aqib Talib.
Insight: Price writes, "Aqib Talib is going to get paid this offseason. It won't be by the Patriots, but he'll get paid." Talib, acquired from the Buccaneers in a trade earlier this season, told reporters after Sunday's loss to Baltimore that he "definitely enjoy[s] being a Patriot," but also hinted that he'd test the open market. The Patriots have plenty of decisions to make this offseason, one of them being whether or not the team can afford to keep impending free agent Wes Welker. If the team cuts Welker loose, they'd probably be much more inclined to keep Talib.
12/10/2012 10:24:00 PM
Description: New England cornerback Aqib Talib went down with a hip injury during the first half and his return is questionable.
Insight: Talib has three tackles so far tonight while playing tight defense on Texans receiver Andre Johnson. If he's unable to make a comeback in the second half, Alfonzo Dennard should see most of the snaps at left corner the rest of the game.
11/12/2012 1:22:00 PM
Description: The Patriots newly acquired cornerback, Aqib Talib, is eligible to return from his four-game suspension in time for Sunday's game against Indianapolis.
Insight: Talib served a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy. Talib has shutdown ability, though it is unlikely that he'll be ready to go this week. If he's playing up to his capability he could make the Patriots secondary, which is giving up 285 ypg, much stronger.
11/1/2012 7:29:00 PM
Description: The Patriots swooped in right before the trade deadline Thursday to pick up troubled cornerback Aqib Talib from the Buccaneers for a 2013 fourth-round pick.
Insight: Talib is currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy. He's also been in trouble with the law in the past, but he has clear shut-down ability when he's on the field and the Patriots are taking a small risk that he'll straighten out.
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