A source with knowledge of the situation told Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi that the New England Patriots have some serious concerns about cornerback Aqib Talib's work ethic as he heads into free agency.
According to the source, Talib passed on the chance to do extra work at times this year and there are questions as to how he'd handle a long-term deal. The Pats, said the source, would prefer to sign Talib to a one-year, make-good contract.
After numerous instances involving legal battles and in-house fighting, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded the former first-round selection to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fourth-round pick just before the trading deadline this past season. While incredibly talented, the Buccaneers seemed reluctant to ink Talib to a multiyear contract extension after adopting new philosophies courtesy of new head coach Greg Schiano. While Talib was expected to surely bolster the Patriots' ailing secondary, the character issues were a concern from the get-go--even if it only meant acquiring his services for a short period of time.
Source: Pats Concerned Over Talib's Work Ethic
Pats Pulpit | Feb 5