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Aqib Talib says Peyton Manning is better than his buddy Tom Brady

Aqib Talib has 57 million reasons to lie about it, but he told NFL Network that he thinks that his new teammate, Peyton Manning, is a better quarterback than his old teammate, Tom Brady.

In being named the No. 79 overall player in the 2014 in the network's Top 100 players series, Talib — who left the New England Patriots to sign a six-year, $57 million deal with the Broncos — said he's tight with Brady but can't help but side with last season's MVP winner in picking the better quarterback.

"You gotta go Peyton Manning," Talib said. "Tom is a good friend of mine ... what’s up Tom, baby?

"[Manning] had an awesome year. He tore it up. He like set the record for touchdowns. He beat Tom in the AFC Championship. You gotta give it to Peyton. Tom know that’s my dog man, he know."

Talib wasn't done talking about the differences between his old team and his new one.

“It’s definitely a different scenery [in Denver],” he said.

In an interesting game of musical corners, the Patriots let Talib walk to Denver, taking the place of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. In Talib's place, the Patriots made the fairly un-Patriot-like signing of Darrelle Revis.

Talib said there are only "about four cornerbacks who you could even consider in front of" him, a list that he said would include Revis. As for the Patriots' approach to negotiating with Talib ...

“Bill [Belichick] sure didn’t want to give me that money so hey man, he gave it to Revis," Talib said. "It is what it is.”

Nice touch there by Talib, flipping a Belichickism back at his former coach.

So we have a few debates to untangle here — Brady vs. Manning, Talib vs. Revis and maybe Broncos-Patriots — and we're blessed with yet another chance to watch the argument play out on the field. The two teams face off yet again this season, Week 9 (Nov. 2) in Foxboro.

Now, how can we get Wes Welker involved in this discussion? Talib said he and the man who cold-clocked him — which made Belichick livid afterward ... ah, head spinning! — are cool now as teammates in Denver.

“Man, me and Wes we good, man. It’s a football play, man," Talib said. "It just so happened it happened on a stage in the AFC Championship Game. I watched the play 1,000 times. I’m sure Wes didn’t do it on purpose.”

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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