Some good news has emerged for fans of the New England Patriots. It may not take away the pain of their AFC Championship game loss to the Broncos, but two important players could be about to pen new contracts with the Pats.
Speaking to the press in New York earlier, owner Robert Kraft reiterated his desire to sign Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman to long contracts as they approach free agency in the summer.
When asked about the wide receiver Edelman, Kraft said:
"I definitely want him back," Kraft said. "He’s an outstanding young man. We hope he wants to be back, and once again, it’s about two sides coming together. He really came into his own this year. What he did returning kicks and punts, but what he did on the field was tremendous. I really hope he’ll return with us."
Edelman started in 11 games this season and performed excellently to fill the boots of Wes Welker, who left for Denver. Over the year he had 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns.
The topic of conversation then moved on to Aqib Talib. Kraft was asked if he wanted the corner back at Gillette Stadium:
"Very much, I really would," Kraft said. "Look what happened in the game in Denver when he went out. We see the impact he can have. No matter how many weapons you have on offense, if you can’t stop the team on the other side, then it doesn’t matter. He really made a great contribution."
Talib started in all 13 games he played in 2013 registering 35 total tackles, four interceptions and one forced fumble.
All good news for Pats fans.