The Patriots have re-signed cornerback Aqib Talib to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the deal is worth $5 million.) The 27-year-old Talib, who was acquired by the Patriots in a midseason trade with Tampa Bay, finished the season with 19 tackles (13 solo), two passes defensed and one interception.
While he wasn’t a Pro Bowler — he struggled with injury on occasion, and went down in the first half of the AFC title game against the Ravens — when he was healthy, he allowed the Patriots to make some moves defensively that they couldn’t do before his acquisition, including the move of Devin McCourty to safety and the decision to shuffle Kyle Arrington back to the role of slot corner. With him in the lineup, the Patriots were able to play a little more man coverage than they had been doing in the previous couple of years, and he was frequently matched up against the opponents’ No. 1 receiver.
While the future of cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is still murky because of legal issues, the return of Talib — as well as the re-signing of Arrington and the addition of veteran safety Adrian Wilson — does bring an added sense of stability to the New England secondary for 2013.
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