Cornerback Aqib Talib has signed a one-year contact with the New England Patriots for $5 million.
The Patriots and Washington Redskins were considered the primary suitors for Talib, who became a free agent this offseason after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers [and current Redskins GM Bruce Allen] in 2008. The free agent market for cornerbacks, even elite or near-elite corners like Talib, has been depressed this offseason because of a glut at the position and the relative flatness of the NFL salary cap. Therefore, Talib decided the best course for him was to spurn a long-term deal, bet on himeslf to play well, stay out of trouble and avoid injury in 2013 before trying again in 2014.
The Buccaneers traded Talib to the New England Patriots in November of last year after concluding they did not want to spend the money necessary to re-sign him. Talib is a major talent and young enough to be hitting the peak of his career, but he's also a major character risk with more baggage than a 747.
READ THIS for a complete rundown on Talib and why I'm not disappointed he won't be playing for the Redskins this year.