January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots owner on re-signing Aqib Talib: It’s not like we have unlimited funding


During the NFL players, All-Pro defensive back Aqib Talib said he hadn’t really ever played in the NFL until he signed with the New England Patriots. Sure, Talib spent time in Tampa Bay prior to joining the Patriots, but it was Talib expressing his love of all the glitter and gold one achieves by playing with an NFL powerhouse.

Clearly, the free agent to be would like to return.

New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft was a little less enthusiastic about such a reunion though.

When pressed, Kraft did mention he would like Talib back next season but suggested that the team simply doesn’t have unlimited funding and pointed out the fact that Talib was often injured.

“It’s not like we have unlimited funding so . . . He wasn’t on the field a lot of the time since he’s been with us. It’s a balance of us balancing all that out and what is he worth. I think he’s happy here and would like to be here and we’re happy with him and we’d like to have him here and now it’s just about doing business.”

That’s not exactly what you’d call a ringing endorsement. Of course, Talib is likely to due quite well financially in free agency so it could be Kraft attempting to lower his price tag, but he certainly didn’t appear to be jumping through hoops at the thought of bringing Talib back.

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  • Anthony aka Baldini

    If they can keep him it’s well in their best interest to.

  • jimjn

    I can’t believe they are contemplating letting Talib walk. The best D back they have by far. The only legit shut down D back they have. This team gets more frustrating every year lately.

  • Dr. Shia LeStrange

    So how does he not get injured when Welker throws all of his momentum into his ribs? That must’ve been like getting hit with over 1K in lbs right in the ribs.

    This team needs better offensive and defensive coaches. It needs a better O-line, Better receivers. And a legitimate defense.

    A good defense is not just about covering people. It starts with pressuring QBs. The Pats never pressured Manning in the AFC championship game.

    It is incredible that they got to the AFC championship game. A testament to Brady and Belichick. But I have noticed that when the Pats had Gronk they seemed to be too confident and did not play as hard. Only when their backs were too the wall did they seem to have the fight and urgency needed to win.
    So while it’s great that they fought so well after losing players, it’s not so great that they underachieved this year and really the past few years when they’ve had far more talent.

    That is something that’s been missed by most and something that falls on Belichick and his staff. The Pats usually play proficiently but without heart, energy or inspiration.