Splurge on Talib
The Patriots should definitely be considering the possibility of utilizing the franchise tag on cornerback Aqib Talib.
Talib, 27, has the ability to be a top corner, but he has had trouble staying healthy and has a considerable reputation off and on the field to consider. However, without a doubt, he has been the Patriots’ best chance at a shutdown corner since Asante Samuel when he was traded to the team from the Buccaneers.
Tagging Talib would cost the Patriots an estimated $10.7 million. With Talib back in the fold, the team can be secure in the fact that they have Devin McCourty to shift to corner, Ras-I Dowling returning from a thigh injury, and Malcolm Williams available.