Aqib Talib, Patriots cornerback
When the Patriots needed help in the secondary, they made a bold move and turned to the controversial 26-year-old veteran cornerback Aquib Talib.
The Buccaneers sent the talented but volatile Talib and a 2013 seventh-round pick to New England in exchange for a 2013 fourth-round pick.
In addition to a host of off-field incidents, Talib had violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances and received a four-game suspension in October.
Talib has had an up-and-down start to his Patriots career. He has one interception and 13 tackles in five games, and has given up a few big plays. In 58 games with Tampa Bay, Talib recorded 53 pass breakups and 18 interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns.
Talib, selected as the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft, is in the final year of his rookie contract, and New England is paying him a pro-rated $762,794 for the final seven weeks of the regular season.