Talib and the Patriots could agree to another contract this spring, but he'll be on the receiving end of a bigger deal than the one he was given in 2013. Cornerback Aqib Talib is set to reach the free agency market for the second consecutive year, but just like last year, he might not have a change of scenery, as the New England Patriots could again give him a new contract instead of allowing him to reach free agency. While it's possible that a knee injury suffered in the AFC Championship Game proved to be his final snap with the Patriots, Field Yates of ESPN reports that there is a mutual interest between the two teams to keep him in New England: The soon-to-be 28-year-old has previously stated his comfort level and appreciation for playing in New England, and there appears to be mutual interest in bringing Talib back. When the Patriots first acquired Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a mid-season trade that featured a swap of third day draft selections, it was a low-risk move that netted New England a solid cornerback. While he had a fair share of struggles early with the Patriots, he settled in as the season went on and proved to be a very solid defensive back in the postseason.
Talib, Patriots have mutual interest in new contract, per report
SB Nation | Jan 20