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Aqib Talib was a good soldier during his time with the New England Patriots this season. This won't guarantee the cornerback a competitive contract offer from the team, however.

According to Comcast SportsNet New England, the Patriots have lingering concerns about Talib's work ethic that makes them reluctant to hand out a long-term deal to the cornerback.

The source said Talib "passed on the chance to do extra work" during the season, leading the team to worry how he would react to a lucrative extended contract. The source said the Patriots would prefer to sign Talib to a one-year "make good" pact in 2013.

Talib showed his ability during a productive seven-game run with the Patriots, but he only landed on coach Bill Belichick's defense after he played himself out of town with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Talib had repeated run-ins with the law and off-field issues in four-plus seasons with the Bucs and was suspended four games in October for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The Patriots are in a tricky position here. Talib is 26 and in his prime, and he made the secondary markedly better after the November trade. This was made clear in a playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, when Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco picked the secondary apart after Talib was forced to exit the game with a hamstring injury.

There's likely to be at least one team willing to offer Talib a multiyear deal. If that's the case, his time with the Patriots likely will be of the one-and-done variety.
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap10...ib-reportedly-might-not-get-big-patriots-deal
 

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Who else is available out there for them to make an offer to? If he's the best available offer him a 3 year deal and roll with the punches, if he doesn't work hard you pawn him off for a 7th rounder and get the cap off your books.
 

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Who else is available out there for them to make an offer to? If he's the best available offer him a 3 year deal and roll with the punches, if he doesn't work hard you pawn him off for a 7th rounder and get the cap off your books.
That is easier said than done. I would imagine he isn't asking for 2M a year. (Very) good players want to get paid accordingly and teams are going to be reluctant to hand out all that money.
 

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Somebody will be willing to take on the financial burden, he's super talented. Not every franchise demands as much out of it's players in terms of their conduct as the Patriots do. I mean, it didn't say he was lazy or that he got mouthy. He "passed up a chance to do extra work", I get that you want guys who want to be the best at all costs, but the dude can play football. You give him the deal, and if he ends up being a nuisance in the locker room you ship him out for free to whoever's willing to make it happen. Somebody will be willing to take him on.

I'm saying this with the qualifier that he doesn't get in trouble OFF the field. If he doesn't want to be the perfect solider during practice that's one thing, but if he shoots a gun at somebody again than you cut him and bite the bullet. But if you are giving him a longterm deal you should probably be putting in some type of off the field behavioral clause anyways.
 
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