Report: Patriots reluctant to pay Aqib Talib

According to, the New England Patriots are hesitant in giving cornerback Aqib Talib a multi-year extension because of concerns over his work ethic.

A source with knowledge of the situation told Comcast SportsNet’s Mike Giardi that, while Aqib Talib displayed no behavioral problems during his time with the Patriots, the team has enough concerns over his work ethic to be somewhat reluctant to offer the star cornerback a multiyear contract.

According to the source, Talib passed on the chance to do extra work at times this year and there are questions as to how he’d handle a long-term deal. The Pats, said the source, would prefer to sign Talib to a one-year, make-good contract.

Whether the Patriots pay Talib or not, he’s going to get some good offers from teams around the league.  A lot of teams are looking to upgrade their secondary with the NFL being a passing league.


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