Patriots want to avoid multi-year deal with Aqib Talib

Jim Rogash

Despite no "behavioral problems" while in New England, the Patriots only want to give Talib a one-year deal.

The New England Patriots are hesitant to give cornerback Aqib Talib a multi-year contract, according to a staff report at Comcast SportsNet New England.

Talib, who the Patriots acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in November, is set to be a free agent in March. According to the story, Talib "displayed no behavioral problems during his time with the Patriots" but the team is still worried about a multi-year 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.

Talib, 26, rejuvenated the Patriots' secondary when he was acquired late in 2012. Talib started five games for the Patriots, recording 19 total tackles, an interception, a touchdown and a fumble recovery. Talib was the team's No. 1 corner when healthy.

While the Patriots only want to offer Talib a one-year contract, other NFL teams are likely to give Talib more years and more money. Talib is one of the best cornerbacks who could hit the market this offseason. After showing what he could do in New England, other teams might be willing to take a chance on Talib.

Before he was acquired by the Patriots, Talib was suspended four games for testing positive for Adderall.

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