The Tampa Buccaneers traded troubled cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots, the team announced on Twitter at the NFL trading deadline on Thursday.
Details of the trade were not immediately made public.
Talib, who has 18 career interceptions, joins a Patriots secondary in need of a jolt. New England has the 28th-ranked passing defense, allowing an average 281.1 yards per game.
The NFL trading deadline was moved back two weeks this season, a change that was supposed to initiate more moves. Hurricane Sandy further delayed the deadline 48 hours to 4 pm ET Thursday.
Talib, a first-round pick of the Bucs in 2008, has had a string of off-field incidents, dating back to a scuffle at the NFL rookie symposium. He was arrested after he assaulted a cab driver in Tampa in and then resisted arrest in 2009. Last year, police in Garland, Tex., issued a warrant after suspicion Talib pistol-whipped and shot at the live-in boyfriend of his sister in 2011. Charges in the latter case wer...