The big question is do you trust the Patriots coaching staff to evaluate talent at that position at this point. Since the departure of Asante Samuel you have seen draft picks for defensive backs go to players like Terrence Wheatley, Jonathan Wilhite, Darius Butler, Ras-I Dowling, Malcolm Williams and Patrick Chung. Since the departure of Asante Samuel you have also seen veteran players like Delta O’Neal and Shawn Springs signed to try to solidify the secondary. All those players were brought in to, in essence, pick up the slack that was created when Samuel was let go. Instead of just paying Samuel the Patriots wasted draft pick after draft pick and signed veteran after veteran wasting more money than Samuel wanted in the first place. The aforementioned list is full of a bunch of jokes.
The good news is the Patriots last two draft picks at that position have been Devin McCourty and Alfonzo Dennard. You can scrutinize them by saying McCourty wasn’t a great corner, but he is a good safety and so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Alfonzo Dennard is a player I really liked this year and I believe that even if it doesn’t work out between the Patriots and Talib, we still have one side of the field that will be covered well.
Talib is a known commodity and they should give it a good effort to keep him and I believe they will. If his work ethic really does lack like some reports have been saying, then I have no problem letting him go as long as they put his money to get a more-than-serviceable corner.