Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - The New England Patriots solidified their
secondary on Saturday, re-signing cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington
while inking veteran free-agent safety Adrian Wilson.
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
Arrington, 26, started in 12 of 16 games last season and finished with 67
tackles. In 57 career games, 40 as a starter, Arrington has recorded 217
tackles and eight interceptions, seven of which came in 2011.
The 33-year-old Wilson was released by the Arizona Cardinals after spending 12
seasons with the franchise.
Selected to five Pro Bowls, Wilson has compiled 27 interceptions and 25 1/2
sacks in 181 career games (162 starts).
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