In theory, a young, talented, playmaking cornerback like Aqib Talib should earn top-flight money on the free-agent market.
However, Talib's documented off-field struggles, including being suspended for four games last October, will affect his ability to land a huge contract.
While Talib improved the Patriots' secondary after he ran himself out of town in Tampa Bay, it's hard to imagine New England splurging big money on him. When the trade was announced and compensation was a fourth-round selection in this April's draft, I thought for sure that Talib would be extended. The fact that it hasn't happened yet is worrisome.
Regardless, Talib is young (26) and ascending. There is at least one team out there that will pay him in the hopes that he can keep his nose clean and continue to improve on the field.
For all of his off-field issues, I just don't see him landing a big-money contract.