The admiration between Aqib Talib and LeGarrette Blount was evident from the early days of their reuniting in Foxborough last spring, with Talib vouching for fellow ex-Buccaneer Blount with Bill Belichick before a draft day trade with Tampa Bay, then with Blount entertaining Talib while staying in the cornerback's guest house, then as they spoke about one another as each played a starring role at different points in the Patriots' season. So it was no surprise that when Talib signed a massive contract with the Broncos late Tuesday, Blount was happy to see his friend get paid.
CONGRATS TO MY BROTHER LIB! YOU DESERVE IT BIG BRO! THE BEST CORNER IN THE LEAGUE AND ITS TIME YOU GOT PAID LIKE IT!! pic.twitter.com/cem22QtKJ2— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) March 12, 2014
All well and good. A little brotherly love. And Blount's a free agent himself, so Talib's defection to Denver, specifically, probably didn't bother him nearly as much as it did most Patriots fans. He's in the process of trying to get paid himself, be it in New England or somewhere more generous.
Except that when the line "BEST CORNER IN THE LEAGUE" is typed, antennas go up. People start to pay attention. And given the ego it takes to play that particular position at an elite level, those people include the corners themselves. So, after defending himself with a few folks who wanted to argue, and retweeting a series of others who agreed with him, the name of none other than Richard Sherman was evoked.
And, as is Sherman's way, when his name entered the conversation -- so did he. Initially it was mild, with the Seahawks' star Tweeting at Blount, "hahaha I'm just messing with u man.... Bored." But Blount held firm to his belief.
@RSherman_25 in my opinion he the best bruh sorry... Can't change my mind...— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) March 12, 2014
Sherman turned his attention to the NFL Network's Albert Breer for a while after that, lured in by Breer calling the since-Patriot-acquired Darrelle Revis the best corner in the league -- Sherman and Revis chatted about that on Twitter last year, incidentally -- but the next morning Sherman circled back to Blount's stance on his buddy, and that's when the fun really began.
@LG_Blount it's all good.... Hard to argue with friendship— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 12, 2014
@RSherman_25 He's the best bruh. I've seen what he does to WR/TE in person and I'm sure you have too. Friendship aside he's the best...— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) March 12, 2014
@LG_Blount I've seen it .... And done it ....— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 12, 2014
@RSherman_25 I've seen you do it & he has to. But he do it on both sides. He follow the best receiver on the field every game and strap him.— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) March 13, 2014
@LG_Blount I just totally lock down one! And pick off passes that come over there.... Rarely ever giving up completions....no need to follow— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 13, 2014
@RSherman_25 that one you lock down isn't always the best receiver on the team though... Follow the best receiver every game and do it...— LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) March 13, 2014
@LG_Blount for what? So I can kill the integrity of the defense.... We actually have another good corner who I trust to do his job! We win!— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 13, 2014
@LG_Blount did that help y'all win the bowl or nah?— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 13, 2014
To that, unfortunately for the Patriots, Blount had no comeback -- and so that's where the conversation ended. For now, at least.
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