Patriots have decision to make with Aqib Talib

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When healthy, cornerback Aqib Talib has produced well for the New England Patriots since the organization traded for him mid-season in 2012.

The corner was often in trouble in Tampa Bay but has seemingly gotten on track since joining the Patriots. However, injuries have kept him from being a constant on the field for New England.

That means the Patriots have a decision to make with Talib set to be a free agent this offseason — pay up or let him walk.

“Well we want to retain all the good players we can retain,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said recently on radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub, via CSN New England. “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. I think he’s happy here and would like to be here and we’re happy with him and we’d like to have him here and now it’s just about doing business.”

In 2013, Talib had four interceptions and served as a man-to-man corner against opposing teams' top receivers. The Patriots generally like to get the biggest bang for their buck, meaning they'll weigh the pros and cons with Talib early this offseason.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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