FOXBOROUGH — Cornerback Aqib Talib doesn’t know if he’ll return to the Patriots, since he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. All he knows is how much fun he’s had the few months he’s been with the team.
“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. “We’ll see what happens in the future, but I definitely had the most fun I’ve 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 wasn’t 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. “We’ll let everything … it’s the business side of the business.”
How will he approach free agency?
“I’m not really worried about all that. The game was 12 hours ago, I’m in the training room with the guys, we’re having fun, right now I’m still a Patriot,” Talib said. “Free agency doesn’t start until March, so until then I’m still a Patriot and enjoying my time.”