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NFL Rumors: CB Aqib Talib wants top-of-the-market corner pay

There is no arguing that New England Patriotscornerback Aqib Talib is one of the best at his position in the league. The Boston Herald is reporting that Talib is looking for top-of-the-market cornerback pay.

Talib wants to be paid as a top-of-the-market corner in free agency, according to a source. Since the Dolphins signed Brent Grimes to a four-year, $32 million contract, including $16 million guaranteed, that baseline for this class of prized free agents has been established.

The Patriots have expressed a desire to keep Talib and have reportedly met with Talib regarding a new contract already.  In his weekly mailbag, Mike Reiss of says there is a strong chance Talib re-signs with New England.

“I think the chances are strong that Talib returns to New England. With several top cornerbacks set to hit the market, and mutual interest between the sides, I think the key factors are in place for a deal to get done. Furthermore, the legal tampering period (March 8-11) should help both sides get a better feel for the market before it officially opens (March 11), which was the way it was supposed to work with Wes Welker last year. I think that experience from last year will aid both sides in this situation. As we know, anything can happen, but my view is that the right factors are in place to make a deal.”

If he hits the open market though, it could just drive the price up for the Pats.

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