Could Aquib Talib be franchise tagged by the New England Patriots?

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New England Patriots cornerback, Aquib Talib has emerged as an interesting candidate for a franchise tag this offseason.

Talib is a free agent this year after the one-year deal he signed with the Patriots last off-season expired. The cornerback did display some improvement this season, recording 41 tackles and four interceptions in his first full season with the team.

However, at the age of 28 and with some injury problems it would seem unlikely that the Patriots would want to commit to the defensive back long term.

The issue with applying the franchise tag on Talib would be the cost; $11 million of cost to be exact. The Patriots have just $6 million in cap room at present and even with several contract restructures, the price may prove too much.

Another candidate for the tag would be wide receiver Julian Edelman. The tag price for Edelman would also sit at $11 million but considering the Patriots severe lack of decent receiving options during last season, it might be prudent to secure one of the higher performers.

The Patriots have a raft of free agents including Edelman, Talib, LaGarette Blount and Austin Collie. It would seem likely that they would attempt to soften the blow of these departures with cheap draft signings but it will be interesting to follow the negotiations over the next few weeks and months.


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