The Denver Broncos have engaged in trade talks to send Aqib Talib to the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. But the talks have stalled as Talib wants to be released, so he can chose where he plays next year. His former employer, the New England Patriots, are his top choice, if he gets released.
Talib played for the Patriots in 2012 and 2013. He joined the team by trade after getting a four-game suspension, which he served before taking the field for the Patriots. For now, Talib is on the fifth yeay of a six-year, $57 million contract with the Broncos.
The 32-year-old cornerback is a five-time Pro Bowler and a one-time Super Bowl champion.
After this week's performance against the Lions wrapped up two consecutive uninspiring losses, the yearly cycle for the Patriots has begun: Are they finally done? Is this the year the dynasty falls?
This isn't the last time these questions will be asked. But it's not the first time, either.
Perhaps the most notable regular-season loss of this decade occured when the Patriots were blown out by the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football in 2014. Most Pats fans will remember the doubters emerging in full force about the demise of the New England Patriots. Of course, it ended up being exaggerated, and the team would go on to win another Super Bowl.
Trent Dilfer was one of those doubters, famously claiming post-game that the Patriots "just aren't that good anymore".
Fans have used that quote as a rallying cry, and now that the doubts are again rising about the Patriots, he's showing he hasn't forgotten his past transgressions.
Pats fans wouldn't be too unhappy if things ended up the same as that fateful year. As it stands, many are suffering from PDS. Are these the usual early-season struggles, or indicative of something more? Only time will tell.
A measly 10 points? 133 passing yards? If you're looking to place blame for the 1-2 Patriots offensive struggles, the offensive coordinator says to start with him.
"I haven’t done a good enough job the last two weeks of putting us in the right positions to be successful, and I need to get better at that," Josh McDaniels told reporters on a conference call Monday in the aftermath of a 26-10 loss in Detroit. "I need to do a better job of helping them do that and we need to play better."
It's the first time the Patriots have lost back-to-back games by double-digits since 2002.
"We try to come up with the right things each week, in each situation – you know, practice them and then hopefully execute them properly in the game," said McDaniels, who had agreed to take the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job in the offseason before he was talked out of it and remained in New England for a new five-year deal reportedly worth more than $4 million a year.
Of failing to convert on third downs, McDaniels said: "We felt like those gave us an opportunity to do that, and certainly Detroit did a better job of executing and defending us on those plays than we did. So, again, I take responsibility for all those things, and they didn’t work out so we have to do a better job of finding a way to make those short-yardage conversions moving forward."