Talib talks about coming back to Patriots, getting down the basics

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib spoke to the media after practice Tuesday for the first time since re-signing with the team in March on a one-year deal for a reported $4.8 million.

But talking about where he might have ended up through the free agency process, whether it was back in New England or elsewhere, was something he did not want to do.

“Man, I just let it play how it play,” Talib said. “I just let it play how it play. I wanted to be back, I’m back. I’m happy I’m here. I’m ready to get to work.”


Why did he want to come back?

“It’s a great organization, you know,” he said. “Great team, great teammates.”

Talib wore double shirts under his practice jersey to soak up the heat on a sizzling day in Foxborough, trying to get a good sweat going. That’s what OTAs are for, he said.

“We get in good shape, you get the basics of the defense down,” Talib said. “Before you start game planning for anybody, you gotta have the basics of your defense down, and that’s what we’re doing right now.

“It’s just a time right now, in uh, what’s this month, May? June? Or May … May. It’s the time to get in shape. That’s all we worried about right now, that’s all I’m worried right now. Getting in good shape, the best shape I can be in.”

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