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Kraft paving Talib's way out of town?

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07:24 AM ET 02.07 | Thanks to persistent hip problems and off-the-field transgressions, Aqib Talib was left without many suitors after 2012. [Talib] opted to go short-term and align himself for free agency again. Well, free agency will arrive in a few weeks and the Patriots are in an interesting spot with Talib. He played brilliantly when healthy in 2013, earning a Pro Bowl nod. But his hip again bothered him down the stretch and Patriots owner Robert Kraft alluded to that being a factor in upcoming negotiations. "Well we want to retain all the good players we can retain," Kraft said Friday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger and Mazz show. "It's not like we have unlimited funding so ... He wasn't on the field a lot of the time since he's been with us. It's a balance of us balancing all that out and what is he worth."

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February 7, 2014  07:29 AM ET

B'BYE!!!!

February 7, 2014  07:49 AM ET

No, he's not trying to send him out of town. He's trying to reduce his value on the free agent market so he can keep him for a Patriot Price bargain.

February 7, 2014  07:54 AM ET
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No, he's not trying to send him out of town. He's trying to reduce his value on the free agent market so he can keep him for a Patriot Price bargain.

The K-Mart Blue Light Special?

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February 7, 2014  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

B'BYE!!!!

^^^^....umm,.........same to Gronky too if we're talkin' about = ''damaged-goods''.

February 7, 2014  08:30 AM ET
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The mans questionable skillset paved the way.

That Pro Bowl-caliber skillset? Naw, it's just money.

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February 7, 2014  08:38 AM ET

His road is not paved with gold.

February 7, 2014  08:38 AM ET
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No, he's not trying to send him out of town. He's trying to reduce his value on the free agent market so he can keep him for a Patriot Price bargain.

That sounds like wise business practice to me.

February 7, 2014  08:40 AM ET

So that makes 2 cornerbacks the 49ers can try and sign in free agency. Vontae Davis and Aqib Talib.

February 7, 2014  08:42 AM ET

Interesting that Kraft is talking publicly about salary negotiations, which are usually left up to BB.
Is this an agreed upon negotiating tactic, or is Kraft just speaking out of school?
In either case, based on the way BB responded to Kraft's comments last winter about wanting to keep Welker, it doesn't really matter what the owner says publicly.

February 7, 2014  08:46 AM ET

It is the same old story in the NFL thanks for what you have done for us to help u s win, but if you cannot perform at a high level anymore due to injuries or mother nature it is time for you to go and we will look turn to a younger and cheaper person to replace you.

February 7, 2014  08:50 AM ET
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So that makes 2 cornerbacks the 49ers can try and sign in free agency. Vontae Davis and Aqib Talib.

If they want to sign a guy that can't stay on the field they better do it on the cheap.

February 7, 2014  08:52 AM ET

When Talib wasn't on the field, the Pats' pass defense suffered mightily. Everyone gives the Pats credit for being a well-run organization, but some times they let good players get away because of their business philosophy, and it has hurt them on the field.

February 7, 2014  08:54 AM ET

just tag him, so if he can hack it next season, if not then move on.

February 7, 2014  08:55 AM ET
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B'BYE!!!!

He won't be the first and he certainly won't be the last. Better players than Talib have come and gone in N.E. because of the way they determine a players value.

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February 7, 2014  09:05 AM ET

Count on The Pats getting rid of some dead wood!!!

February 7, 2014  09:06 AM ET
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just tag him, so if he can hack it next season, if not then move on.

The tag number is too high.

 
February 7, 2014  09:09 AM ET
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He won't be the first and he certainly won't be the last. Better players than Talib have come and gone in N.E. because of the way they determine a players value.

True! But sometimes they cut off their nose to spite their face. Did they really think Amendola was an adequate replacement for Welker?

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