Source: Pats concerned how Talib would respond to multiyear pact

Source: Pats concerned how Talib would respond to multiyear pact
February 5, 2013, 4:30 pm
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A source with knowledge of the situation told Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi that, while Aqib Talib displayed no behavioral problems during his time with the Patriots, the team has enough concerns over his work ethic to be somewhat reluctant to offer the star cornerback a multiyear 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.

However, considering the dearth of cornerbacks on the open market, Talib is likely to receive lucrative offers -- perhaps as much as $8 million or $10 million per season on a multiyear pact -- when he becomes a free agent.