Patriots’ cornerback Aqib Talib couldn't get a long term contract that he liked, so he bet on himself.
By taking a one year deal, Talib is virtually saying, ‘I’m the real deal and going to prove it.’ It’s a risky proposition, one injury or a bad season could cause Talib to lose millions and paint himself in a corner for 2014.
According to Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com, Talib ranks 9th in this year’s class of cornerbacks in terms of their deals, and is counting on having a great season to secure a big time contract. Yates writes:
‘In assessing the Talib deal shortly after he signed it, there was an element of a player "betting on himself" for a year in hopes of landing long-term security the following offseason.
The same can still be said at this time, as other (and perhaps less talented cornerbacks) received longer-term deals with comparable (or more) guaranteed money.’