Ahead of the 4pm EST league trade deadline on Thursday, the Patriots made a move to secure suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib. In addition to Talib, the Patriots will get a 2013 seventh-round draft pick and send a 2013 fourth-rounder to the Bucs.
Talib is currently serving a 4 game suspension handed down by the NFL, for his violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Talib admitted to taking an Adderall pill, “around the beginning of training camp” for which he did not have a prescription. He later apologized to his teammates and coaches for the “regrettable” incident.
At 6’1” tall , 205 pounds, Talib brings size and coverage skills to the Patriot’s corner position. He has recorded 18 interceptions in his 5 year NFL career.
Picking up Talib is a low risk proposition for the Pats considering he is in the final year of his current contract and they will only be on the hook for $1.825 million of his remaining salary. The potential upside is that he can help improve a pass defense that’s ranked 30th in the NFL in yards allowed.