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Aqib Talib: ‘I definitely enjoy being a Patriot’

01.21.13 at 12:35 pm ET

FOXBORO — Aqib Talib did not want to talk about the possibility of having played his final game with the Patriots on Sunday. But he did acknowledge the possibility as part of the business.

Talib was acquired at the trade deadline from Tampa Bay and played in the final seven regular season games after finishing his suspension for Adderall use and violating the NFL PED policy.

Talib is eligible to test the market when the free agency begins in March.

“I’m not really worried about all that right now,” said Talib, who came out with a thigh injury in the first quarter and did not return. “The game was 12 hours ago. I’m in the training room with the guys, we’re having fun. I’m still a Patriot. I think free agency don’t start til March, so until then, I’m still a Patriot. And I’m going to enjoy my time.

“I definitely enjoy being a Patriot.”

He did not enjoy the way his season ended, suffering a strained right thigh on a break up of a pass intended for Anquan Boldin in the first quarter.

“The worst way to go out in any game, let alone the AFC championship,” he said. “We came in here [locker room] and we did some stuff. It just wasn’t strong enough to go compete at that level.

“Just a little tweak. I’ll be all right, though.”

Much of his tone Monday took a reflective nature, speaking in past tense.

“Man, I had a lot of fun here, man,” Talib added. “I definitely enjoyed my time here. We’ll see what happens in the future, but I’ll definitely had the most fun I’ve had playing football in a long time.”

His preference?

“We’re going to let everything … there’s a business side to the business. But I definitely enjoy being a Patriot.”

When will that conversation start with the Patriots?

“I don’t know, man. I’m sure you all are going to talk to Bill [Belichick] and everybody else,” he said. “Those really aren’t questions for me.”

Asked about his feelings on Talib, Bill Belichick said it’s far to early to consider the future.

“We will not make any decisions on any players into the future now. You just can’€™t do it. There are too many factors, too many unknown things. All the things I said about Aqib, I meant and I still feel that way. Nothing has changed, but I can’€™t put into place an entire plan for the team at this point in time. There’€™s just not enough information; it’€™s too early. And again as I said, I don’€™t think you can, as much as you want to just go case by case and list each guy and what his deal is, I think that there is some of that, no question ‘€“ but at the same time, when you’re trying to put together a team, you’€™ve got to look at the entire team before you just say, ‘€˜OK well, we want to try to keep this guy.

“Well, we don’€™t want to keep this guy’€™ or ‘€˜We want to try to get somebody else,’€™ or whatever. You’€™ve got to look at the entire context of the team and not just take it one guy, piece by piece. I don’€™t think that’s the way you put together an entire football team. You’€™ve got to see the big picture and how it all fits together and there are a lot of factors that go into that. That’€™s why it takes some time.”

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