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07:13 AM ET 10.04 | When it comes to a discussion of the NFL's best cornerback, the usual suspects come to mind, including Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman and Antonio Cromartie. But with the way Aqib Talib has played through the first four outings of the 2013 season, the New England corner could be in the discussion as well. Coaches, teammates and even some opponents certainly agree that he belongs on the short list right now. ... Chances are that some team will want to gets its hands on Talib next spring if he makes it to unrestricted free agency. He is playing on just a one-year contract worth about $5 million, a bargain price anymore for a cornerback with his skills-set. ... [Whether] it's New England or another team, someone is probably going to pay big for Talib next spring if he continues to play at his current level.

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October 4, 2013  07:43 AM ET

Parents who name their kids so that the names rhime should be deported. And adults who do not change their rhyming names (like those who wear adult braces) should be given the same treatment that Suh gave Schaub last year.

October 4, 2013  07:46 AM ET

4 games ain't a season. He's had trouble staying healthy, and when he came back from injuries last year he wasn't the same.

October 4, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Pretty bad when this tool can command millions.

October 4, 2013  08:15 AM ET
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4 games ain't a season. He's had trouble staying healthy, and when he came back from injuries last year he wasn't the same.

So far, so good though.

October 4, 2013  08:37 AM ET
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So far, so good though.

Yup, so far, so good. He is effective when he's on the field.

October 4, 2013  08:45 AM ET
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Yup, so far, so good. He is effective when he's on the field.

it's when he's off the field he has 'issues'.

October 4, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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it's when he's off the field he has 'issues'.

Sometimes it takes the right situation and organization for a player to mature on and off the field.
New England is that place for Talib.

October 4, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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Sometimes it takes the right situation and organization for a player to mature on and off the field.New England is that place for Talib.

I hope that's true. It has given more than one good player with issues a second chance, and some have risen to the occasion.

And, Massachusetts has the highest doctor-to-patient ratio of any state in the Union.

October 4, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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I hope that's true. It has given more than one good player with issues a second chance, and some have risen to the occasion.

and then there are the Haynesworth's of the NFL.

October 4, 2013  09:36 AM ET

He's on a short contract because of his past issues in Tampa.
Having been burned by Aaron Hernandez I suspect the Pats may offer big money but with behavior clauses and for limited (1 or 2) years. We 'll see what others may offer. He's a risk.

October 4, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Pretty bad when this tool can command millions.

He's played well, but he played well in Tampa. The problem is you can't keep him on the field 24 hours a day. Despite all the warnings, someone is going to make a serious run at this guy. Shutdown corners are too tempting to resist.

October 4, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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Pretty bad when this tool can command millions.

Bad when any athlete can "command" millions in my books.

But at least he's producing.

October 4, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Bad when any athlete can "command" millions in my books.But at least he's producing.

Most of these guys can't spell "millions".

October 4, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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Most of these guys can't spell "millions".

Just another reason I object to the college development system.

Taking up valuable space in institutions of supposedly higher learning.

But it's too late to start something along the lines of Major Junior Hockey.

October 4, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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Bad when any athlete can "command" millions in my books.But at least he's producing.

They can ill afford to lose him right now, as well. No one else in their secondary is playing close to his level.

October 4, 2013  11:08 AM ET

This is the same guy that Schiano shipped off because he wasn't any good. Now he ships off Freeman. Wonder if Schiano just doesn't have the skill set to make troubled, talented players better?

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October 4, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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there's a reason sports take up valuable space on college campuses, they're a huge revenue source.

Not good enough for me.

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