According to the Boston Globe, the Patriots’ number one player to re-sign is cornerback Aqib Talib.
According to multiple sources, the Patriots would like to get cornerback Aqib Talib done soon. This makes sense for a few reasons: a) the Patriots don’t have any real cornerbacks beyond Alfonzo Dennard; b) the Patriots gave up a fourth-round pick for Talib so if he walks, it would look pretty bad; c) with a flooded market at cornerback, the Patriots are probably playing the, “You should take our deal because once you get out there, your price is only going to do down.”
Whether Talib takes the bait could be a different matter, but like I wrote after the combine, the Patriots wants Talib back and he’s their top target at No. 1 cornerback.
The Patriots know they need to retain Talib because he’s a top-notch corner. If they had to go out and sign a player of his caliber, they’d likely be forced to spend more money.