The Buccaneers traded CB Aqib Talib to the Patriots, along with a 2013 seventh-round pick for New England's fourth-round pick in 2013.
Talib is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy for use of Adderall. He is not eligible to play in a game until the Patriots' Nov. 18 game against the Colts. The Patriots are on bye this week.
In his four games this season, Talib has 21 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception.
Talib is in the final year of his rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2013. He has 53 career passes defensed and 18 interceptions, but has not been a stranger to NFL discipline. He was suspended for the 2010 season opener, which stemmed from an altercation with a cab driver that took place in August of 2009.
Charges of assault with a deadly weapon against Talib were dismissed in June in a Dallas court. He was arrested for that charge in March, 2011.
The way we see it
The Patriots gain depth at corner after they placed second-year CB Ras-I Dowling on injured reserve last week and cut CB Sterling Moore on Wednesday. Starting CB Devin McCourty has played some safety this season because of injuries in the back end. Talib is physical and will upgrade New England's secondary. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, this is a typical Bill Belichick-type move, as it could carry low risk if Talib, who has a history of off-the-field issues, doesn't work out.
The Bucs have rid themselves of Talib, who was a talented but mistake-prone player, but they are not exactly out of the woods yet. They could be weakened even more at cornerback with reports that a four-game suspension is on the way for starting CB Eric Wright, one of the team's major free-agent additions of the offseason.