Talib to Return to New England

The New England Patriots re-signed free agent cornerback Aqib Talib to a one-year contract on Saturday.  Talib came over midseason in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he helped solidify the shaky New England secondary.

He is the third defensive back that New England has signed in the free agency period along with re-signing Kyle Arrington and former Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson.

Talib, 27, is 6’1”, 205 lbs and was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas University.

Talib returned his first INT as a Patriot for a touchdown when in his first game with New England he picked Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck and ran it back 59-yards.

He gives New England a true man-to-man cover corner who reacts well and will challenge the opponent’s top wide out.  His acquisition allowed the Patriots secondary to be more aggressive in their coverage.

Talib may have been the most important signing for the team in this period and he figures to be a major contributor in 2013.

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