"I had a lot of fun here, I definitely enjoyed my time here," Talib said on Monday morning, some 12 hours after the Patriots lost to the Ravens, 28-13, in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. "Weíll see what happens in the future, but I definitely had the most fun Iíve had playing football in a long time here."
Talib was acquired by the Patriots on Nov. 1 in a trade with the Buccaneers, and improved a secondary that had been one of the team's defensive weak points. He was injured in the first quarter against the Ravens, pulling up with a thigh injury while breaking up a pass intended for Anquan Boldin. He retreated to the locker room with the medical staff, returned to the sidelines to see if he could get back on the field, then sat on the bench when he realized he could not.
"Aw, man, the worst way to go out in any game, let alone the AFC Championship," Talib said. "We came in here [locker room], we did some stuff, it just wasnít strong enough to go compete at that level."
Talib, like some of the other Patriots who will become free agents at the end of the season, wouldn't speculate on how the process might play out or where he'll be playing next season.
He had a ready answer when asked about his future plans.
"I definitely enjoy being a Patriot," he said. "Weíll let everything Ö itís the business side of the business."
How will he approach free agency?
"Iím not really worried about all that. The game was 12 hours ago, Iím in the training room with the guys, weíre having fun, right now Iím still a Patriot," Talib said. "Free agency doesnít start until March, so until then Iím still a Patriot and enjoying my time."