As expected, Monday's 4:00 pm league deadline has come and gone without the Patriots designating an impending free agent with the one-year "tag" contract.
Each of the league's 32 teams face the question of whether or not to utilize this one year, guaranteed salary approach on a highly valued player scheduled to hit the open market. The tag was designed to give teams an extra year to work out a long-term deal with a star player, and automatically gives the player a salary equivalent to, or exceeding, the average of the five highest paid players at the same position.
The only real candidate to be a franchise player for New England heading into next season was cornerback Aqib Talib. The current tag number at the cornerback is $11.8 million – a hefty financial commitment for just one guaranteed season of service.
Talib is now free to start negotiating with other teams starting Saturday, March 8, and can officially sign with a new club beginning on March 11.Read more... Join the Conversation...