When the New England Patriots and Wes Welker decided to part ways this NFL offseason, it was a surprise to even the most casual of fans. The mindset all along was that Welker would test the free agent market, but wound wind up lining up alongside Tom Brady when the 2013 season kicked off. Well, the Denver Broncos signed the All-Pro wideout to a contract this off-season to a considerably lower contract.
For the first time in a long time, the Patriots ended up with egg on their face.
With the Welker saga still fresh in their mind, the organization made sure not to make the same mistake with defensive back Aqib Talib. This move hopes to shore up a pass defense that ranked 29th in the NFL last season. Starting his season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the corner played just five games with the Pats in 2012.
Although he played less than half of a season with the club, Talib was still able to limit the big plays when he was in the Patriots line-up. F
or those of you who don’t believe me, take a look at the AFC Championship when the Baltimore Ravens derailed the Patriots. Talib left this game at halftime and Joe Flacco would finish the game with 240 yards and three touchdowns — which was enough for the Ravens to earn a berth in Super Bowl XLVII.
I think the Patriots got a steal with Talib on a one-year deal worth $5 million. However, I don’t doubt that the Patriots have some incentives laying in the weeds for the 27-year old cornerback. Anyway, Talib is going to be a huge lift to this Patriots team for a full 2013 campaign.