The Patriots traded for cornerback Aqib Talib midway through the 2012 season, and he immediately upgraded a suspect secondary. But because of off-field issues -- Talib arrived in New England in the midst of a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and he previously has had several run-ins with police -- the Pats weren't willing to make a long-term investment.

So Talib hit free agency this week. But with a crowded and slow-developing cornerback market, there didn't appear to be much interest. On Saturday, Talib signed a one-year deal worth roughly $5 million to return to New England, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported.

Talib was being pursued by three other teams, according to La Canfora, but preferred to stay in New England, where he had success on the field and stayed out of trouble off it. The Patriots offered a multi-year deal, but Talib is now in position to thrive this season and then up his market value for 2014, when the corner market should not be so flooded.