BOSTON (CBS) — NFL free agency officially gets underway on Tuesday, but according to a report the Patriots are close to keeping one of the biggest names on the market.

According to Dianna Russini of NBC Washington, Talib is “very close” to a new deal with the Patriots.

Russini also noted that the Washington Redskins are interested in Talib, but the Patriots are offering a better contract.

Talib, 28, was traded to the Patriots midway through the 2012 season. He signed a one-year, $5 million pact with New England last off-season, and gave the Patriots the best cornerback the team has had in years. However, Talib battled through a hip injury during the regular season and was unable to play through the AFC Championship Game after taking a hit by Wes Welker over the middle of the field, and the Patriots eventually lost to the Denver Broncos.

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Talib will likely get a contract close to those signed by cornerbacks Brent Grimes (four-years, $32 million with Miami) and Sam Shields (four years, $39 million with Green Bay) earlier this off-season.

NFL free agency begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.


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