The New England Patriots want to bring back cornerback Aqib Talib, but it’s clear that they’re not so needy to bring him back that they’d slap the expensive franchise tag on him. Still, with the tag deadline passed, the Patriots are very open to bringing back their top cornerback but he’s not their only option.
Ben Volin from the Boston Globe points out that the Patriots have options when it comes to who they have as a lead cornerback in 2014 and Talib is just one of many. While some options are a little far fetched — like the Buccaneers trading Darrelle Revis to the Pats — others seem to make a little more sense.
The Bucs are rumored to be open to trading Revis, whom they acquired from the Jets for a first-round pick before last season and signed to a massive new contract.
The Patriots could look at other free agent cornerbacks, including Tennessee’s Alterraun Verner, Denver’s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Chicago’s Charles Tillman.
Free agent spending hasn’t been a habit of the Patriots but they may decide to lure in a top cornerback at the right price. Tillman is hardly a big money cornerback but he’s going to come at premium, but lesser so than Rodgers-Cromartie or Verner.
New England has options though, as losing out on brining Talib back is hardly the end of the world.