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.
The Buccaneers surrendered Talib and a seventh-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, acquired from the Bears, for Tampa Bay’s 2013 fourth-round pick. The change comes as a surprise for the Patriots, but with little surprise in regards to the football field, where they have the 28th ranked pass defense in the league, and have allowed over 280 yards per game through the air.
Talib is currently serving a four-game suspension for failing a drug test, the cause of which is said to be Adderall. The suspension will force him to miss two more weeks because of the Patriots’ Week 9 bye. He will be active for the first time with his new team in Week 11 against the Colts.
Talib’s failed drug test wasn’t the first time he’s been in the news for his behavior. He has been in many different conduct-related incidents in his short NFL career, including his first incident with teammate Cory Boyd at the NFL rookie symposium. Talib also battered a Florida taxi driver in 2009 and was charged with violence and simple battery. Most recently, Talib was accused of firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend, and was issued a felony warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but charges from that crime were dropped in June of 2012. The 2012 season marked the first time he has been suspended by the NFL for his behavior on or off the field.
It’s a surprise to see a name that has a dilemma staying out of trouble on the field on the Patriots’ roster, which is notorious for having a very conduct-orientated roster.
On the field, Talib was named Defensive Back of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association after his six interceptions in 13 weeks before his season ending hip injury in 2010. Talib has 18 career interceptions in 35 games, three of which were returned for touchdowns. There’s no doubt that if Talib can straighten up, he’ll make an impact for the Patriots in 2012 before becoming an unrestricted free agent after the season.
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Down and Distance Columnist – Christian Hardy @TheFFaddict