Boston, MA – The New England Patriots and cornerback Aqib Talib have reportedly agreed on a one-year contract.
According to the Boston Globe, Talib turned down a long-term deal from the Patriots and agreed to a $5 million pact for 2013 with the hopes of landing a bigger deal next year. The paper added that Talib refused offers from other teams to remain in New England.
Talib played in eight games, including the postseason, for the Patriots last year after being acquired from Tampa Bay in a November trade. New England sent a 2013 fourth-round pick to the Bucs in the trade deadline deal.
In 10 games during the 2012 regular season, Talib posted a pair of interceptions -- one with each team. His New England debut was delayed while he served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, but he returned his lone pick for the Patriots 59 yards for a touchdown against Indianapolis in Week 11.
The 27-year-old Kansas product has 19 career interceptions in five seasons. He was selected by the Buccaneers with the 20th overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft.