The New England Patriots have had a ton of success on the defensive side of the ball this season with second-year players like Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower playing well beyond their years. However, the Patriots would not be atop the AFC East if Aqib Talib was not on the New England roster.
Talib was a free agent this past off-season, but off-the-field troubles caused most NFL teams to look the other direction. Luckily, the Patriots took a shot on the former-first round pick with a one-year “prove it” contract. After six games; Talib has proved his worth and then some, which has opened the door for some off-season speculation already.
Teams with broken-down secondaries like the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles should be lining up for Talib, who has the ability to lock down some of the best wide receivers and tight ends in the league — Julio Jones and Jimmy Graham are just two people that you could ask about Talib’s dominance. Not to mention, both the Redskins and the Eagles have shown in years past that they aren’t afraid to bring top-notch defensive backs to town.
Talib will be 28 years old when he hits the NFL’s open market this off-season, but age shouldn’t be a factor considering how big of a difference Talib has made to this Patriots’ team in 2013.