In a matter of 24 hours, the New England Patriots secondary is finally appearing to be shaping up.
Friday afternoon we saw the Patriots re-sign cornerback Kyle Arrington to a four-year, $16 million contract and then later Friday night, the team had agreed to terms on a three-year contract with 33-year-old safety Adrian Wilson.
The most recent signing in New England’s secondary was announced Saturday morning, per Adam Schefter:
Free-agent CB Aqib Talib reached agreement with the Patriots on a one-year deal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2013
The one-year deal is reportedly worth $5 million, according to Albert Breer:
Aqib Talib’s one-year deal with the Patriots is worth $5 million.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 16, 2013
A one-year, $5 million contract for Talib is quite the bargain, if you ask me. According to Breer, Talib was also offered a five-year deal from the Patriots, but with the way the cornerback market is playing out, he rightly thinks he can get more next off-season.
Talib was acquired by the Patriots back on November 1 of last season and appeared in six games for New England. In his first game as a Patriot, he intercepted Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.
There’s no debating that Talib plays at the level of a No. 1 cornerback, but it’s just a matter of keeping him in check as he’s had some character issues in the past with one of them resulting in a four-game suspension.
In Talib’s six games with the Patriots, he recorded 19 tackles, one interception and recorded two pass deflections. Talib’s presence in New England’s secondary certainly solidified everyone’s role, especially Devin McCourty at safety.
As this is only Day 5 of free agency, it appears that the Patriots have solidified their starting players in their secondary.
I wouldn’t doubt to see the Patriots draft Talib’s eventual replacement this April – here are our top cornerbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft.