Despite being moved back to the Tuesday of Week 8 (instead of Week 6), the NFL trade deadline was primarily a snoozer. But Bill Belichick spiced things up late when the Patriots traded for Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib.
The Buccaneers announced the move via the team's Twitter account and this is an interesting deal on a number of different levels, particularly since the Patriots gave up a fourth-round pick in exchange for Talib.
The trade details: CB Aqib Talib and a 2013 7th-round pick for a 2013 4th-round pick.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) November 1, 2012
A fourth-round pick from the Patriots is a pretty impressive haul, especially considering they already moved their fifth- and sixth-round picks.
Talib is an extremely talented player on the football field, but it's off the field where he struggles; Talib was involved in an aggravated assault case that was dismissed under some bizarre circumstances.
And recently the player who was formerly the Bucs top corner was suspended four games for what he says was a positive test for Adderall. That suspension was scheduled to end on November 4, but because the NFL has a policy of suspensions by number of games, and not weeks, Talib will not be eligible until November 12th, following the Patriots bye and Week 10 game against Buffalo.
Belichick obviously loves taking on high-risk, high-reward football players and Talib is a perfect example. For the Patriots, the move could be a very worthwhile venture, provided Talib can stay out of trouble. He'd instantly upgrade the New England secondary and he's an unrestricted free agent following the 2012 season, so he's not a long-term issue they'll deal with.
It's hard to imagine New England giving up too much for Talib, especially considering he's just a rental for the stretch run. But given Talib's troubles, it's hard to imagine Tampa Bay bringing him back for 2013, so getting something (read: anything) in return for a team rebuilding its core is a wise move.
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