The Aqib Talib "sign or don't sign" game has been very hard to follow because both sides have been quiet or nonchalant about what they are feeling. Well sources told CSNNE that the Patriots are reluctant about whether or not to sign Talib to a long term deal. Why? Work ethic and potential behavior problems.
RT @mikegiardi: Source with excellent knowledge of situation says there's concern in Fox on Talib's work ethic. At times passed on xtra work— Paul Perillo (@pfwpaul) February 5, 2013
Here is the ideal situation for the New England Patriots front office, according to the source: Sign Talib to a one year contract and see if he can prove himself in the offseason and make the Patriots believe that he will go to optional workouts, set an example, and then the Patriots sign him to a long-term deal.
Here is the problem: The NFL is barren of good cornerbacks. The field for defensive backs is not fertile, but rather, desolate. Thus, the Patriots are most likely going to have to compete with massive, multi-year deals to sign Talib because if they do not, then other teams will get him and the Patriots defense will be back where it used to be. My gut feeling tells me that Aqib Talib will not give the Patriots a home-town discount either.
Obviously the time that Talib spent in New England was not enough to prove to the nay-sayers that he has changed and works hard now. However, the Patriots need a cornerback badly, so the choice is not easy, albeit one that has to be made though.