The NFL trade deadline has come and gone and, surprisingly, a big name player has been moved. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that they have traded troubled cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots. In exchange for the 2010 NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year, the Patriots gave up a 2013 fourth-round pick and 2013 seventh-round pick.
Tampa Bay confirmed the news on Twitter:
The trade details: CB Aqib Talib and a 2013 7th-round pick for a 2013 4th-round pick.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) November 1, 2012
It is a small price to give up for a starting caliber defensive back. You won’t find many players in the fourth-round of the draft who are as talented as Talib so it was a brilliant move for the Pats.
It’s also the type of move that we have come to expect from New England head coach Bill Belichick.
It’s a low-risk, high reward move for the Patriots. If Talib plays up to his potential which got him drafted 20th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, New England will have themselves one of the best defensive backs in the league. The addition of Talib also allows the Patriots to leave Devin McCourty at safety.
Some may suggest that a fourth-round price tag was too much to give up for Talib’s services but he will be able to make an immediate impact when he returns from suspension and hits the field.