Which Free Agent to Keep?

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Discussion time!

The Twittersphere's been aflutter with this conundrum:

If the Patriots can only keep one, which would you keep: Julian Edelman or Aqib Talib?

Brushing Ryan Wendell, LeGarrette Blount, and Brandon Spikes aside, it's obvious that Edelman and Talib are the two most crucial free agents on the Patriots roster.

In one corner, Edelman is Brady's safety blanket and it's imperative that Brady is surrounded by weapons he can trust. On the other hand, Danny Amendola should be able to play the same role in the offense- and let's be serious about how neither is paragon of human health.

On the defensive front, it's undeniable that the skill set of Talib changed the way the Patriots approach defense. He's easily the best cornerback on the roster and, when healthy, he's a top 5 cornerback in the league. Health, as always, is the issue, as he's been unable to remain on the field his whole career. He'll likely command top money and there are other teams willing to pony up to sign him (Washington is one team who's made their interest known).

With plenty of receivers (Emmanuel Sanders, Hakeem Nicks, Eric Decker) and cornerbacks (Brent Grimes, Vontae Davis, Alterraun Verner) in the free agent market, does it make sense for the Patriots to commit to one over the other?

If you can only have one of Edelman or Talib: which would you choose?

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