Evan Silva of Rotoworld has produced a list of the NFL's Top 50 free agents. The list includes three Patriots in the top 17.
First, is cornerback Aqib Talib, who checks in at number four on the list:
The Patriots are rolling the dice a bit with Talib, but they could emerge looking awfully smart. They'll let him hit the market, gambling that corner-needy teams will instead focus on players with cleaner off-field histories at free agency's deepest position. Expect Talib to be disappointed with offers elsewhere and ultimately re-up in Foxboro at a team-friendly rate.
Silva predicts the Patriots to re-sign Talib on a four year, $30 million cornerback. While that contact seems "awfully smart" from Silva's perspective, I have some doubts that the Patriots would go to four years on Talib. There's still considerable risk in such a deal. The only real long term deal I see the Patriots striking with Talib is a long term deal with an option after one year - similar to the deal the Patriots struck with Donte Stallworth back in 2007. If it works out, then the Patriots can pick up the option and have Talib longterm. If it doesn't, both sides can choose to part ways after one more year and move on.
3 Patriots in Rotoworld's Top 50 Free Agents
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