Originally published November 1, 2012 at 03:43p.m., updated November 1, 2012 at 05:06p.m.

Aqib Talib traded to Patriots

In this Nov. 28, 2010, photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib pauses before Tampa Bay's NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. Talib was traded to the New England Patriots on Thursday.

In this Nov. 28, 2010, photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib pauses before Tampa Bay's NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. Talib was traded to the New England Patriots on Thursday.


— The New England Patriots moved to shore up their shaky secondary on Thursday by obtaining cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Patriots traded their fourth-round pick in next year’s draft for the former first-round choice, who is coming off his second NFL suspension, and a seventh-rounder in 2012.

Talib, who has 18 interceptions since being taken by Tampa Bay with the 20th pick in 2008 out of Kansas University, will be eligible to play in the Patriots’ next game on Nov. 11 after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

He said at the time of the suspension that he took an Adderall pill without a prescription “around the beginning of training camp.” He also was suspended without pay for the regular-season opener in 2010 and fined one additional game check for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. That penalty resulted from an altercation with a St. Petersburg cab driver during training camp in August 2009.

He also had charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Texas dropped a week before he was due to be tried for allegedly firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend.

New England (5-3) enters its bye week having allowed the fifth-most yards passing in the NFL. It has been especially vulnerable to the big play, most recently on a 50-yard touchdown pass by Sam Bradford on the St. Louis Rams’ opening drive last Sunday in London. The Patriots went on to win, 45-7.

Cornerback Devin McCourty gave up several long completions, then was moved to safety the past two games when starters Steve Gregory and Patrick Chung were sidelined. Another starting quarterback, Kyle Arrington, left the Rams game because of a head injury.

“The thing we talk about is to stay the course, try to improve,” Patriots cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer said Thursday. “We need to get better. Things that we’ve done well, let’s keep doing well and just stay the course and try to get better today.”

In 58 games, 45 of them starts, Talib has returned three interceptions for touchdowns. Two of them came on his only interceptions last year.

In another move Thursday, the Patriots signed wide receiver Jarred Fayson to the practice squad. He was released by Indianapolis on Aug. 28 after having been on the practice squad from last Nov. 22 to the end of the season. The practice squad spot opened on Wednesday when the Patriots released tight end Alex Silvestro.

In other moves Wednesday, they re-signed linebacker Mike Rivera and Derrick Martin and released defensive back Sterling Moore.

Rivera, a Kansas University product, made the Patriots’ 53-man roster to open the season but was later released.


David Leathers 8 years, 4 months ago

According to this article, they got a fourth round pick in exchange for Talib and a 7th round pick.

Boouk 8 years, 4 months ago

This will be great for both Talib and New England if he stays out of trouble.

Theonlythingthatexceedsyourbad 8 years, 4 months ago

Aqib is a player. Perfect trade time because in a mid season trade you won't play much in the first game. Also . . . who minds getting traded to the Patriots?!?

We all make mistakes. Hopefully Talib can transition to the Pats in a positive manner. I think he'll play and play well. I think off the field is make it or break it, but even further to that point if takes advantage of a nice fresh start off the field in a new environment maybe he can improve his on the field play.

jayhawkinATL 8 years, 4 months ago

Belichick won't have much tolerance for his nonsense. Good or bad thing for Talib.

Boouk 8 years, 4 months ago

That's the key for Talib. He has the talent, he just has to produce on the field and stay out of trouble off it.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 4 months ago

Talib is a damn good corner at times. He' will be an unrestricted free agent and the Pats are 28th against the passing yards. Rotoworld even gave him high marks this season, factoring in getting abused by Hakeem Nicks week 2. Belichick seems to forget players past coming in, and that's good for him. Between assaulting a cab driver, shooting at his sisters boyfriend (he gets a pass on that, he was such a loser the DA dropped charges), and being banned for Adderial, he need a coach that needs him.

Jeremy Paul 8 years, 4 months ago

18 interceptions? Gosh, that's a lot isn't it?

Philip Nguyen 8 years, 4 months ago

Yeah that is for a short time that he's been playing. He's a very good corner, just need to get his head on straight. Hope he'll change, Pats been known to help players like him.

William James 8 years, 4 months ago

This guy is embarrassing himself. Before he started his junior year at KU, I heard him talk about how he had grown up because he was a father now. I heard the same story when I read an article about him a couple years ago with the Bucs. This guy has been a huge disapointment. God has blessed him with incredible talent and this is how he shows his graditude. There are so many men out there that would love to be able to play the game of football at the level of Aqib Talib, but werent blessed with the talent. Mangino recruited some great young men when he was here, but as of today, Aqib Talib is clearly not one of them.

hotrodm 8 years, 4 months ago

Talib will do well this year, too much at stake for him. Next year, who knows.

Rivethead 8 years, 4 months ago

Helluva lot easier to get into trouble in Florida than it is in Boston, IMHO. Plus the Pats program has a reputation of being more tightly run than the Bucs.

This could be a good thing for Talib.

Jim Jackson 8 years, 4 months ago

That guy assualted his sister, I don't see a problem with Aqib shooting at him.

But yes, the rest of the situations need to be rectified, Aqib needs to grow up.

I remember seeing him outside of Abe N' Snakes getting into fights, wasted.

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

He seems like a good fit for the Raiders....

Reuben_J_Cogburn 8 years, 4 months ago

I was hoping he still has a year or so of college eligibility.


Michael Leiker 8 years, 4 months ago

He needs to keep his edge no matter where he lands...and KU needs to recruit more bangers like him.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 4 months ago

The compensation doesn't make sense since the 2012 draft is over.

Are the Patriots getting the Bucs 7th round in 2013 along with Talib as full compensation for the Pats taking him off the Bucs hands with their number four pick??? The Pats rarely give up draft picks without getting picks in return.

Just askin'.

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