Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Patriots CB Aqib Talib wants to be paid as a “top-of-the-market” cornerback in free agency.
According to Howe, it’s unlikely that the Patriots will be able to get Talib under contract for less than the recent contract extension handed out to CB Brent Grimes by the Dolphins.
Grimes, 30, signed a four-year contract worth $32 million contract, which included $16 million guaranteed. This contract figures to impact the cornerback market across the board in the coming weeks.
Howe adds that there is a chance Talib could accept a slight discount to be back in New England, but would likely have to be close to Grimes’ $8 million per season.
Talib is still expected to be among the Patriots top priorities this offseason.
Talib, 27, was the Patriots best cover corner and started the season off great before injuries took a toll later in the year. He totaled 41 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble over the course of 13 games.
We have Talib listed as the No. 9 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.