In response to rkarp's comment:
I think you are looking at it like the Pats are looking at it. I hope you (and the Pats) are correct. I have to assume the Pats made him an offer already. I also have to assume some one has whispered in Talib's agents ear, allowing him to pass on the Pats offer. Knowing how BB negotiates, most likely he gave Talib his best offer already, and Talib passed....so far. Thats not to say someone comes in higher. Maybe Pats offer will be best Talib gets.
Talib's injury history shows nothing major, mostly hamstring and tendon issues. He has age and size on his side. He has also shown that not only can he play the Pats system, but he can be game planned for a particular opposing team.
I thought DRC played very poorly last year. I do like Grimes in that top tier, but I think his cost is just as high, or higher than Talib.
I would hate to see the Pats try and get a CB for middling or bottom $$$'s. I thought they did that last year with Gregory. Gregory was a 3rd safety in a rotation, forced to start with the Pats due to others poor play. Pats need a big, physical CB that can be game planned to jam and play big time WR's one on one much of a game. They need a CB that can tackle.
Talib is not Revis, but we know what he is, what he can and cant do. I hope the Pats can retain him.
To me that's even more concerning then broken bones. Hamstring and tendon problems linger with plays and typically if they have a history will happen more often then not. Looking at his playing history, 10 games last year, 13 the year before that, 11 the year before that. The guy has never played a full season in his life and has averaged about 2/3rds of a season in the last 3 years. Yes his injures were minor but a couple games here or there add up along with the game or two it takes him to get back up to full health. If these are lingering issues you might only get 100% from Talib for half a season. To me this drops him all the way to the bottom of the 6-7 player tier he's in and a gamble for teams. If he didn't play for the Pats this past season I wouldn't even want him on the team, but seeing him help the secondary makes me want to bring him back; on a contract we can easily dump if need be. I just can't see other teams looking at that and saying we must have him at a #1 CB cost compared to the other guys on the market or going CB early in the draft