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Buccaneers trade Aqib Talib to Patriots

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The NFL’s trade deadline has just passed, and in a bit of a surprise, a significant trade has just been made.

Aqib Talib, the troubled but talented cornerback who has spent his entire career in Tampa Bay, has been traded from the Buccaneers to the Patriots. There’s no word yet on what the Patriots gave up to acquire Talib, although it is likely a draft pick.

Talib is currently serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, for what Talib says was taking the prescription drug Adderall without a prescription. Talib has also faced off-field legal troubles throughout his career, and there was talk that Bucs coach Greg Schiano would send Talib packing before his suspension ended, talk that Schiano dismissed — but which turned out to be true.

Despite his off-field troubles, there’s no doubt that Talib is a talented cornerback, and there’s no doubt that the porous New England secondary could use a talented cornerback. If Talib can learn Bill Belichick’s defense and stay out of trouble, he could provide a major upgrade to the Patriots.

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  1. knowerofallthings says: Nov 1, 2012 4:19 PM

    didn’t know they were THAT desperate

  2. yelix says: Nov 1, 2012 4:20 PM

    “If Talib can learn Bill Belichick’s defense and stay out of trouble, he could provide a major upgrade to the Patriots.”

    That’s a HUGE if.

  3. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:21 PM

    Patriots are in win now mode

  4. tgriffin2012 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:21 PM

    Major upgrade for Pats..now they can meet my Bears in the Super Bowl where Marshall can own him!!!!!!

  5. thecashcartel says: Nov 1, 2012 4:21 PM

    WOW. Love this trade for the Pats. If they gave up less than a 3rd this is a STEAL. Say what you want about his off the field stuff this guy is an in your face, physical corner.

    He wont be pulling any of that crap up in NE. And Im a giants fan, btw, still think its a great move.

  6. blacknole08 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:22 PM

    Patriots are hell bent on fixing that secondary! This move is a high risk, high reward, and the Pats could just cut ties with Talib if it doesn’t work out.

  7. ampats says: Nov 1, 2012 4:22 PM

    Talented but troubled player. I have mixed emotions about the trade. From a football standpoint it may be a home run but from a character standpoint,I’m not excited.

    But this is New England where malcontents adopt the Patriot Way or See Ya !

  8. buccaneer4ever says: Nov 1, 2012 4:24 PM

    As a Buccaneers fan I have to say BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  9. rcquinn1972 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:25 PM

    If anyone can straighten this extremely talented idiot out, it will be the Patriots organization. Sometimes a change to New England scenery is good for delinquents like this. If picking up this sort of troubled talent makes them desperate, so be it, now let’s march to another Super Bowl!

  10. tbd3 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:25 PM

    It’s about time the Patriots did something to address the secondary beyond drafting second round busts. This is definitely a risk, but I think it was one worth taking.

  11. divious24 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:25 PM

    I can’t stand the patriots but I think they made a great pick up and are definitely aiming for a SB

  12. dbones750 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:26 PM

    Metal Gear Solid : Guns of the Patriots

  13. jayslang says: Nov 1, 2012 4:26 PM

    As dumb as he is he can really play when healthy…..this really hurts our secondary…no wright for 4 weeks…could spell the end of any playoff conversations

    Can’t question Schiano’s conviction..he hasn’t been wrong yet, but Talib could be a move he ends up regretting

  14. patriots55 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    There not desperate they just need corners that can cover

  15. bucrightoff says: Nov 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    Pats better pray they don’t face the Giants again. Talib got torched by Nicks this year. Talib is general has been too inconsistent (on and off) to justify a long-term deal, so if they were going to cut ties I’m glad they picked up something for him.

  16. enochmh2 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:27 PM

    Is he gonna be albert hayesnworth or correy dillon,thats the question. But nevertheless good upgrade

  17. easternshoresfinest says: Nov 1, 2012 4:28 PM

    hmm. the Pats usually tend to shy away from felons. must be really desperate.

  18. emaix80 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:28 PM

    Talib and Dennard on the outside

  19. coltzfan166 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:29 PM

    WOW. Even though this trade makes a lot of sense, I did not see that coming at all.

  20. cwby4evr says: Nov 1, 2012 4:29 PM

    “But this is New England where malcontents adopt the Patriot Way or See Ya !”

    The “Patriots Way” = Cheat. I’m sure he’ll grasp that concept pretty quick.

  21. jagsfan1 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:30 PM

    As a serious Patriot HATER…I do not like this trade at all…..the dude is a scumbag but he can play…this is not a good day in hate Patriot land.

    Although I do SO hope he goes there and gives them a full dose of his off the field behavior capabilities – gets burnt on a few deep six’s to lose the game – and then gets suspended.

  22. zaggs says: Nov 1, 2012 4:30 PM

    “Despite his off-field troubles, there’s no doubt that Talib is a talented cornerback,”

    Guess you didn’t see him constantly getting torched against the Giants. And that was when the replacements let him get away with a few holds.

  23. geniusfan says: Nov 1, 2012 4:30 PM

    Hard to not like the move from a risk perspective. I mean if he can keep his head on straight (an admittedly big if) the Patriots took a big step towards fixing their only real weakness. If he doesn’t work out the Pats just let him walk next year.

    Hopefully Belichick can get him to focus on football only because there’s no denying this guy is an elite talent.

  24. ronworthdubbs says: Nov 1, 2012 4:30 PM

    He was absolutely abused by Hakeem Nicks in Week 2, although the coaches didn’t really help him out by leaving him 1 on 1 the whole game. I wouldn’t be too ecstatic about this trade. It’s nothing more than rolling the dice and hoping for some productivity.

  25. trevor123698 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:31 PM

    I dont care what anyone says I absolutely love this move. We clearly need some major help back there and I have no doubt that talib provides it. my 75 bones on the pats to win it all just got a boost with this

  26. patsfanvt says: Nov 1, 2012 4:31 PM

    It’s a risk, but the secondary cannot possibly get worse anyways so whatever. If he sucks then we lost (I presume) a late round draft pick, but it really wouldn’t be hard for him to be a productive starter when we are constantly starting Sterling Moore/Dennard/some rookie or practice squad player.

  27. djbutterball says: Nov 1, 2012 4:31 PM

    For those of you who think he’s talented you obviously don’t get to watch to many buc games. Just go back to the giants game where he got burned
    for 200 yds by nicks. he’s OVERRATTED!! Good riddance!

  28. walter0247 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:31 PM

    so he took a drug that literally has meth in it. smooth move there.

  29. shaggytoodle says: Nov 1, 2012 4:32 PM

    Interesting, I remember they went after Ochocinco and Haynesworth. Those trades didn’t help them very much.

    It was a good move for TB, only time will tell if its a good move for NE.

  30. axltcu says: Nov 1, 2012 4:33 PM

    It’s only high risk depending on what kind of draft pick they gave up. If the pick is low enough I would say low risk, high reward. Belichick will have no problem cutting him if he doesn’t behave. The Pats have been able to turn people around before (Corey Dillon) but it doesn’t always work (Albert Haynesworth, Chad Johnson). It will be very interesting to see how this works out.

  31. arush40 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:35 PM

    Coming from a bucs fan, we probably got a 6th round pick or lower. A fifth at the most. His contract is up at the end of the season. I always loved his play style. He’s physical, aggressive, and in your face. Although it enables him to get beat in coverage more frequently, his attitude on the field is worth the price. He’s a great tackling corner and will help NE tremendously with their run defense. I hope Aqib shapes up because when he’s on the field, he’s an electrifying player with an incredibly high ceiling.

  32. showside says: Nov 1, 2012 4:35 PM

    He’s so overrated. I’m not sure why he has such a good reputation, he gets burned quite a bit. Good move for the Bucs.

  33. roddytorock84 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:35 PM

    As a falcon fan I loved hearing this news. Although be is a douche off the field he is a beast on it.

  34. jm9ulose says: Nov 1, 2012 4:37 PM

    I personally like the move if it was for a mid round pick. Definitely a risk but have to take one with the secondary as awful as it is. I guess this means they might move McCourty to free safety permanently? Talib and Dennard outside McCourty and Chung on the back end. Sounds better but we will see. Now if we could just have the human torch Kyle Arrington sit the bench I would be really excited. Anyway solid move and hope it works out.

  35. rajbais says: Nov 1, 2012 4:37 PM

    So the New England Patriots are going turd on defense after all.

  36. rc33 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:38 PM

    Between injuries and ineffectiveness, it seems like every team needs CB help. Problem being which teams would be willing to part with a decent CB and how much would it cost?
    Two things for certain: he’ll help the Patriots’ lousy secondary and he’s going to a stable, winning environment.
    Dillon and Moss were home runs.
    Haynesworth just stopped trying.
    We’ll see.

  37. sjoyner59 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:39 PM

    Troubled yeah but Talib is a good corner and should do well playing for New England

  38. jacunn2000 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:39 PM

    I feel like they are rewarding this guy. It is just a shame. In any other walk of life this guy would have difficulty finding a job at McDonald’s. By all rights this guy should be in jail. Sometimes I think the NFL has no shame. Oh well, back to work and being a solid citizen.

  39. rockthered1286 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:40 PM

    last year: Ochocinco to Pats. “If anybody can straighten him out it’s the Pats.”

    prior to that: Haynesworth to the Pats. “If anybody can straighten him out, it’s the Pats.”

    Patterns are fun for everyone!

  40. jonnydapat says: Nov 1, 2012 4:40 PM

    Bill’s history with player accusitions has been, sell high, buy low. It has worked for most trades, can’t wait to see what he gave up in this trade. With a strong locker room, i hope he falls in line and keeps his act togeather.

  41. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 1, 2012 4:40 PM

    ocho didn’t work… neither did fat albert…
    but both those players were spent… this guys could be different… he can def become no. 1 CB with pats…

  42. dogmeatz says: Nov 1, 2012 4:42 PM

    Speaking as a Pats fan that has relocated to the Tampa area and bought season tix to the Bucs, he really is a decent CB…..on the field.

  43. claymatthewshairplugs says: Nov 1, 2012 4:44 PM

    Not a fan of New England but this is a smart football move. Everyone knows New Englands secondary blows chunks and Talib when he’s not in trouble has pro bowl talent and that position. If they can keep this knucklehead in line, Pats got a steal IMO

  44. ae24king says: Nov 1, 2012 4:44 PM

    As of right now, the Pats are without a 5th and 6th round pick in next year’s draft courtesy of the shame Ochostinko and Albert Haynesnotworthit brought to the jersey. If the Pats now went out and gave up a 3rd or 4th, perhaps it’s a subtle hint that Belichick is going all-in as the window of opportunity with Brady comes closer to closing.

  45. bostonianpride says: Nov 1, 2012 4:44 PM

    Everyone keeps on referring to the game against the Giants! That was 1 game! Every cornerback is gonna have a rough game every once in a while. Bottom line is this is a Great pickup for the Pats. He is better than any cornerback currently on the roster and he will greatly improve that secondary!! Great trade for the Pats!!

  46. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Nov 1, 2012 4:47 PM

    Oh great, here we go. ‘If anyone can straighten him out, it’s Belidick’… or ‘It’s the Gaytriot way, or no way’…how about ‘We are family’.

    This guy is a POS…just ask his real ‘family’.

  47. hehateme2 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:48 PM

    Not much talk these days about Bill the “mastermind” D guru anymore is there? Flat out can’t draft despite having a million picks.

  48. bucbearpig says: Nov 1, 2012 4:49 PM

    Good move all around, TB has given this guy enough chances and he continues to let the team down, I’d rather move forward with less talent than someone who can’t stay on the field and be a Buccaneer Man like Schiano wants

  49. smstonerock says: Nov 1, 2012 4:52 PM

    bucrightoff says:

    “Pats better pray they don’t face the Giants again. Talib got torched by Nicks this year. Talib is general has been too inconsistent (on and off) to justify a long-term deal, so if they were going to cut ties I’m glad they picked up something for him.”

    Oh, on and off, so that’s what inconsistent means. Thanks for clarifying.

  50. mpnieland says: Nov 1, 2012 4:53 PM

    I have to believe the price for him was lower than people think if the Pats pulled the trigger.

    It’s funny, right when I was hearing about Talib’s latest suspension I was thinking “he’ll be out of the league in two years”. Now I hope I’m wrong.

    Frankly, ANY corner on ANY NFL team is an upgrade over the Pats corners, even when they are healthy. The secondary is no better than last year, and that’s ultimately what cost them the Super Bowl.

  51. rg3andthensome says: Nov 1, 2012 4:54 PM

    Patriots love taking troubled players (Like all the skins scraps) and then cutting them…Aqib shot somone didn’t he? Good luck with that!

  52. paul82461 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:56 PM

    How can this be called a steal? If he never makes it on to the field it sucks. Just a desperation move by the Pats to see if he will stay out of trouble….good luck.

  53. peezwizz says: Nov 1, 2012 4:59 PM

    4th round pick and 7 I hear

  54. vargavarga says: Nov 1, 2012 4:59 PM

    I guess the Patriots eye for talent is going blind. Most of their recent defensive draft picks have been bust/underperformers. I think perhaps we are beginning to see the steady decline of the Pats. They’re just lucky they reside in that god-awful division.

  55. peezwizz says: Nov 1, 2012 4:59 PM

    Get back 7 lol

  56. nicopenelope says: Nov 1, 2012 5:03 PM

    Another great trade similar to Packers’ GM Ted Thompson…always addressing holes in the roster.

  57. redsghost says: Nov 1, 2012 5:05 PM

    rockthered1286 says:Nov 1, 2012 4:40 PM

    last year: Ochocinco to Pats. “If anybody can straighten him out it’s the Pats.”

    prior to that: Haynesworth to the Pats. “If anybody can straighten him out, it’s the Pats.”

    Patterns are fun for everyone!

    OR prior to that: Randy Moss to the Pats “If anyone can straighten him out, it’s the Pats”.

    prior to that: Dillion to the Pats. “If anybody can straighten him out, it’s the Pats.”

    Patterns are fun for everyone!

  58. bucrightoff says: Nov 1, 2012 5:05 PM

    Actually Pats fans, watch more than the Giants game. Talib is a lot like Cromartie, not a true #1 guy unless he has another #1 type around with a tendancy to make a lot of plays while also getting lit up a lot too. Nicks hasn’t been the only one torching him. Talib is a borderline Pro Bowler, not the elite lockdown defender Pats fans think they’re getting.

  59. war27 says: Nov 1, 2012 5:06 PM

    The defensive guru BB needs to find talent elsewhere to build his secondary? WTH happened to all those draft picks and free agency non moves?

    Good thing he still has Brady, that long shot in the dark pick or he’d be a 500 coach for his lifetime.

  60. rc33 says: Nov 1, 2012 5:08 PM

    Love the fact that apparently one bad game…by a CB, no less…is irrefutable evidence that the guy can’t play and is overrated.
    Enlightened analysis.

  61. theandy59 says: Nov 1, 2012 5:09 PM

    Pats gave up a 4th rounder for him….seems like a low risk, high reward deal. This team is close to being championship caliber, one stud in the defensive backfield and that defense gets much, much better.

  62. daddyargue says: Nov 1, 2012 5:11 PM

    Everyone questioned why the Bucs didn’t release him after this latest debacle, but maybe now we see that they had a plan all along. There is a chance that our staff knew that his suspension would take him up to the trade and that holding him until then was worth the risk. If they didn’t get any takers, they could’ve released him then. They knew if they cut him someone would pick him up. Now they have something in return for him. I’m not saying that this is what they planned, but there is a chance that they did.

  63. Satan's Valet says: Nov 1, 2012 5:13 PM

    Eh, either he toes the line, learns the system and becomes a valued player, or Bill will cut him like Freddy Krueger in a coma ward.

  64. ynot1381 says: Nov 1, 2012 5:15 PM

    this is a low risk move. For a 4th and 7th round pick, it worth a chance to bolster their secondary.

  65. Satan's Valet says: Nov 1, 2012 5:15 PM

    @redsghost, Randy Moss wasn’t exactly a bust… Sure they didn’t win the Super Bowl that year, but not due to an abundance of Randy Moss, his numbers were great that year. Then they declined and he got the axe. You gotta gamble sometimes.

  66. witchrunner says: Nov 1, 2012 5:16 PM

    With the way the defense has been, it won’t hurt to give the guy a try. As with Moss, they are capable of taking a troubled guy and turning them around, at least long enough to get some use out of them. I suspect that Talib has pledged to the Pats that he understands what the rules are and that he will abide by them. That is their usual course of action.

  67. ezwriter69 says: Nov 1, 2012 5:21 PM

    Schiano lying like a dog yet again??? I’m shocked…

  68. flash1283 says: Nov 1, 2012 5:23 PM

    paul82461 says:
    Nov 1, 2012 4:56 PM
    How can this be called a steal? If he never makes it on to the field it sucks. Just a desperation move by the Pats to see if he will stay out of trouble….good luck.


    How is addressing a need a “desperation move”

    Good thing he still has Brady, that long shot in the dark pick or he’d be a 500 coach for his lifetime.

    And Bill Walsh was 8-24 without Montana!

    Will you haters ever stop with your lame arguments?

  69. scalfor3 says: Nov 1, 2012 5:26 PM

    lol at the people saying the patriots can’t draft. they’ve drafted gronk, hernandez, chandler jones (who is a monster), spikes (monster against the run), ridley, nate solder (rock solid LT) and hightower (already good and potential to be awesome) in the past three years. thats pretty good.

  70. bunjy96 says: Nov 1, 2012 5:28 PM

    coltzfan166 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:29 PM

    WOW. Even though this trade makes a lot of sense, I did not see that coming at all.

    xxxx

    Schiano and BB are close friends.

    Bucs get a 4th and the Pats a 7th.

    Talib’s contract runs out this year.

    Good deal for both teams.

  71. grogansheroes says: Nov 1, 2012 5:29 PM

    If he can turn his head when the ball is in the air, he’s worth it!

  72. warriors2533 says: Nov 1, 2012 5:40 PM

    Terrible addition

  73. tedmurph says: Nov 1, 2012 5:54 PM

    bucrightoff says:Nov 1, 2012 5:05 PM

    Actually Pats fans, watch more than the Giants game. Talib is a lot like Cromartie, not a true #1 guy unless he has another #1 type around with a tendancy to make a lot of plays while also getting lit up a lot too. Nicks hasn’t been the only one torching him. Talib is a borderline Pro Bowler, not the elite lockdown defender Pats fans think they’re getting.

    ———————————————————-

    Who said anything about an elite/lockdown corner. The Pats are just looking for an upgrade over MCole and KArrington. Low risk, they can just dump him anytime. A 4th rounder has a hard time making this team anyway. Plus Talib is playing for a decent contract rather than being a street free agent next yr.

  74. MichaelEdits says: Nov 1, 2012 6:13 PM

    I guess it is kinda surprising that the Patriots pulled the trigger on that trade.

  75. paychrisjohnson28 says: Nov 1, 2012 6:14 PM

    1st Haynesworth 2nd Ochocinco 3rd Talib ….are you kidding me ? How did the first two turn out ?

    Belichek won with Cassel at QB…come on man !

  76. patsdrukker says: Nov 1, 2012 6:23 PM

    redsghost says: Nov 1, 2012 5:05 PM

    rockthered1286 says:Nov 1, 2012 4:40 PM

    last year: Ochocinco to Pats. “If anybody can straighten him out it’s the Pats.”

    prior to that: Haynesworth to the Pats. “If anybody can straighten him out, it’s the Pats.”

    Patterns are fun for everyone!

    OR prior to that: Randy Moss to the Pats “If anyone can straighten him out, it’s the Pats”.

    prior to that: Dillion to the Pats. “If anybody can straighten him out, it’s the Pats.”

    Patterns are fun for everyone!

    __________________________

    Then again: Mr. 85 was a good boy in New England, no issues. He just didn’t learnt anything.

    Mr. Haynesworth was also a good boy off-field without any willingness to work.

    But for Mr. Talib – Next year contract year. He better bring in something or will be out of NFL in less than a year for good.

  77. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 1, 2012 6:48 PM

    war27 says:Nov 1, 2012 5:06 PM

    Good thing he still has Brady, that long shot in the dark pick or he’d be a 500 coach for his lifetime.
    ———————————————————-
    Right… it’s not like he went 11-5 with that “stud” that KC can’t get to .500 with….

  78. pats777 says: Nov 1, 2012 6:49 PM

    Pats secondary coach is Josh Boyer. He hails from noted football powerhouse South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, I kid you not. He is working with one of the youngest secondaries in the league. Things can only get better, I hope.

  79. makicat says: Nov 1, 2012 6:52 PM

    Strong move.

    It’s a low risk, high reward proposition. Very strong DB to limit the big plays on the upside. If he doesn’t drink the Kool-Aid in NE and they have to cut him, so what? They lose a 4th rounder. 4th rounders get cut all the time in training camp. Who knows who they would pick and if he would be able to ultimately play. We know this guy can. Young too.

  80. andylucksneck says: Nov 1, 2012 7:14 PM

    The pats think they can turn anyone around. Laughable. Talib will be out of the league in a year.

  81. CKL says: Nov 1, 2012 7:31 PM

    hehateme2 says:
    Nov 1, 2012 4:48 PM
    Not much talk these days about Bill the “mastermind” D guru anymore is there? Flat out can’t draft despite having a million picks.
    ________________________________
    That must be why every one of their defensive draft picks this past year made the team and are contributing.
    As a Pats fan, I’m not happy with this move especially as the D is a young group that doesn’t need to be around an extreme knucklehead, so all I can do is cross my fingers and hope he’s like Pacman who is making no trouble right now despite being horrendous in the past.

  82. cmcgly says: Nov 1, 2012 7:43 PM

    All the guy has to do is play at a higher level than an undrafted rookie, and he will be considered an upgrade. If there is any position that someone can jump right into a new team and grasp, its gotta be cornerback. if he covers the dude in front of him and maybe turns his head towards the ball every once in a while, he’ll be considered a steal for this team.

  83. chief67 says: Nov 1, 2012 7:52 PM

    Gillette = REHAB !

  84. patsfiend says: Nov 1, 2012 7:59 PM

    Bill is sliding his chips into the middle of the table for Brady’s last few years… and every Pats fan I know is darn happy about it. All D in the draft, now this kid… they are going for it, and we can’t ask for much more.

    Stoked to have a DB not named Ras-I over 6 feet tall. This is great news.

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