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.