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The Patriots sure weren’t quiet during their bye week, bringing in new faces who included, most notably, cornerback, Aqib Talib.
Well, we’re in the midst of the annual worst week of the fall. No, I’m not talking about daylight saving time or the cancellation of the New York Marathon because of Hurricane Sandy smashing the East Coast or even the presidential election on Tuesday.
It’s the Patriots bye week. Unbearable – I know.
Usually, it’s just a week of hardly any exciting Pats coverage until they get back into practice after an empty Sunday of wishing they were on TV.
But, who says bye weeks can’t be interesting? This one certainly has been.
Once arriving back in the States, the team wasted hardly any time on reshaping its roster for the second half of the season, focusing on its depleted secondary as well as other areas of the defense.
On Tuesday, the team announced it had released linebacker, Bobby Carpernter. Carpernter, who was mostly used in a special teams roll, had been re-signed by the Pats on Oct. 3 and seen limited game action.
The next day, New England made four additional moves. They released tight end slash defensive end, Alex Silvestro, who they had re-signed on Oct. 3 as well and more notably, they waived cornerback and AFC Championship Game hero, Sterling Moore in an attempt to improve their secondary. Moore has since been signed to the team’s practice squad, according to a league source.
This leaves just Kyle Arrington, Devin McCourty (who have both struggled mightily), Marquice Cole and rookies Tavon Wilson and Alfonzo Dennard as reliable enough to play corner for the time being.
To fill the holes left by Silvestro and Moore, the Pats re-signed linebacker, Mike Rivera and safety, Derrick Martin. Rivera had been let go by the team on Sept. 19 and Martin on Aug. 31, with the group that included James Ihedigbo, Brian Hoyer, Dan Koppen and Deion Branch.
Then came the boldest and perhaps the most desperate move of the week. On Thursday, just before the NFL trade deadline, the Patriots traded for Buccaneers cornerback and former top-1o draft pick out of Kansas, Aqib Talib. The troubled Tampa star has had problems with both the league and the law as he has been arrested in the past as well as suspended.
In fact, the Patriots’ secondary won’t even get his help until Nov. 18 against the Colts because he is currently serving a 4-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Talib reportedly tested positive for Adderall, which he was illegally taking without a prescription.
To get him, the Patriots sent Tampa a 2013 4th round draft pick. They also received a 2013 7th round pick in the deal.
Less notably, New England also signed wide receiver, Jarred Fayson, to the practice squad on Thursday.
It was a busy week for the Pats and their front office after returning from London just before Hurricane Sandy barreled down on the state. Hopefully these transactions will be useful in the second half of the season as the Patriots sit at just 5-3 after the first eight weeks.
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Aqib Talib could be the answer the Patriots have been looking for at cornerback
The Patriots traded for (no longer) suspended cornerback Aqib Talib on Thursday, improving their atrocious secondary and getting what could be a shut-down corner. They gave up a 2013 4th rounder, and also received a 2013 7th rounder. Talib has had his fair share of run ins with the law, but we all know...
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...
The New England Patriots have obtained cornerback Aqib Talib for their shaky secondary from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Talib will be eligible to play in the Patriots' next game on Nov. 11 after serving a four-game NFL suspension without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Patriots acquired on Thursday the former first-round draft...
Aqib Talib was traded to the New England Patriots on Thursday, capping what was one of the most quiet trade deadline periods in recent memory.
The terms of the deal between the Buccaneers and Patriots were not announced.
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Thursday’s delayed trade deadline came and went at 4:00 p.m. EST with little to no action. The only move came from the Patriots, who traded for Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib.
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The Patriots secondary has been pathetic so far this season, and everyone knew something had to be done. Bill Belichick knew it too, so he went out and traded for troubled Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib. Talib was selected 20th overall in the...
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that they’ve traded cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots.
This is a great move for both teams,since the Patriots need help at cornerback and the Bucs need to move on from Talib with all the off the field problems he’s had in his career.
If anyone can help Talib fullfill his potential, it’s Patriots head coach Bill Belichick...
Tweet The New England Patriots have acquired cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Talib has had multiple run-ins with law enforcement since the Bucs drafted him 20th overall in 2008, but still has a world of talent. Talib has been arrested twice in his young [...]
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The Patriots secondary has clearly been their Achilles heel
this season. But Bill Belichick took action to try and correct that issue at
the trade deadline.
Aqib Talib, a supremely talented and superbly
careless cornerback, was traded from the Tampa Buccaneers at the deadline in
exchange for a 2013 fourth-round pick on Thursday. The Patriots also received a seventh-round pick...
The Patriots don’t have a game this weekend, but they remain in the headlines thanks to yesterday’s deal for troubled Tampa cornerback Aqib Talib.
The deal, which cost the Patriots a fourth-round pick in the coming draft (and got them back a 7th rounder) has been the subject of much debate and discussion already, with much of the talk centered around Talib’s considerable rap...