Aqib Talib Traded to Patriots
Something actually happened at the NFL trade deadline? In a league where big name trades during the season are more rare than a successful challenge from Andy Reid, a very talented young player is actually on the move.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with the New England Patriots on a trade that will send cornerback Aqib Talib to the Patriots. In return the Buccaneers will receiver a fourth-round pick and seventh-round pick in 2013.
Talib is currently serving a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, after reportedly taking an Adderall pill that was not prescribed to him. He has one game left on his suspension, and will be eligible to make his Patriots debut when the Patriots play the Buffalo Bills on November 11. The Patriots have a bye this week.
The 20th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas, Talib is currently serving the second suspension of his career. He was previously suspended for the opening week of the 2010 season for violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy. This suspension was the result of a physical encounter he had with a taxi driver in St. Petersburg, Florida during training camp in August, 2009.
After this year, Talib will be a free agent. At just 26-years old, and having already proven his ability to play at a high level in the NFL, one would believe that the Patriots will have an interest in bringing him back on a new deal.