After Aqib Talib bolted to the Denver Broncos, the Patriots were set adrift in the secondary for a time without a top-tier cornerback.
Talib signed a 6-year, $57 million deal on March 11 with the Broncos, averaging $9.5 million per season.
The Patriots were lost without him for all of three days. On March 14, late in the evening, the Patriots had secured a deal for Darrelle Revis, whose hefty contract forced his departure from Tampa Bay, signing arguably the league's best cornerback to a 2-year, $32 million pact. And only a day later, the Patriots signed Brandon Browner on a 3-year, $17 million deal.
Following Talib's selection as the No. 79 overall player in the NFL Top 100, he responded to the turn of events and Revis's contract.
"Bill sure didn’t want to give me that money," Talib cracked. "So hey, he gave it to Revis. It is what it is."
According to Talib, he's one of the top five cornerbacks in the league, including Arizona's Patrick Peterson, Cleveland's Joe Haden, Seattle's Richard Sherman and Revis. So he must know that after signing with Denver, and following the sudden availability of Revis this offseason, that he helped secure Revis's place in New England. After all, he was the only other coveted cornerback to touch the market. But what he may underestimate is Belichick's respect and fondness for Revis, whom he has praised often. It's quite possible that Belichick could have coveted Revis for some time and pounced when he had the opportunity.
Of course, that has everything to do with Talib signing with Denver.