In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib classified some of the language in New England’s recent contract offer as “shaky,” perhaps a small part of the reason why Talib accepted the Denver Broncos’ offer. Six years and $55 million were probably a big part of the reason.
“I definitely had an offer from the Patriots,” Talib told MMQB. “But there was language in there that definitely was a little shaky compared to Denver’s offer. The Patriots are a great organization. I loved my time there. I loved playing for Bill. He’s a great leader. I’ll be able to tell my kids I played for Bill Belichick someday and I was Tom Brady’s teammate. Really, it’s just a dream I’m experiencing, when two great organizations want you like this.”
Despite the mammoth amount Denver is paying for a guy who has had an injury history, the fact that the Broncos can escape out from under the deal after only three years is of no concern to Talib.
“I don’t really get into that part of the business too much, how much of a contract is guaranteed and whether I’ll make it all the way through. I hope I stay here for six years. Hopefully I see all six years, because that means I’m playing well. But for me, I just come and play as hard as I can. It’s the same for me, thinking about this season, as it was last year, when I was in the last year of my contract. As a player, I don’t think you can worry about that too much.”
The Patriots, of course, replaced the free agent with Darrelle Revis, so it’s probably fair to say that they’re not worried too much either.