Contrast that with last year: Lardarius Webb received six years, $52.74 million, with $10 million guaranteed, to remain in Baltimore; Tampa Bay got Eric Wright away from Detroit with a five-year, $37.5 million contract that guaranteed $15.5 million, and Brandon Carr became a Cowboy when he was given five years, $50.1 million, and half of it guaranteed.
So the market was definitely on the Patriots’ side, and they also saved in another way: Had New England franchised Talib this year, the cost would have been $10.85 million — more than twice what the Patriots will end up paying him for 2013.
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Linebacker Niko Koutouvides re-signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal, according to the NFL Network.