FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots have obtained cornerback Aqib Talib for their shaky secondary from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Talib will be eligible to play in the Patriots’ next game on Nov. 11 after serving a four-game NFL suspension without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Patriots acquired on Thursday the former first-round draft pick and a seventh-rounder next year for their fourth-round choice in 2013.
New England (5-3) has allowed the fifth most yards passing in the NFL as it enters its bye week. It resumes play at home against the Buffalo Bills.
Talib, the 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Kansas, has 18 career interceptions. He sat out the last four games when he decided not to appeal the suspension.
He claimed he was using the drug Adderall without a prescription.
Talib appeared in four games for the Buccaneers this season and had 21 tackles and one interception. He is eligible for free agency after the season.
Listed at 6 feet 1 inch, 205 pounds, Talib was the 20th overall pick in 2008 out of Kansas. In his 58-game career with Tampa Bay, he had 53 pass breakups and 18 interceptions, three of which were returned for a touchdown.
Having Talib may allow Devin McCourty to remain at safety, a switch the Patriots wanted to make at the start of the season but were hesitant about because of concerns at the corner position.
There is little doubt that Talib is talented. But he also has a long list of off-field issues in the NFL, which began not long after he was drafted; at the 2008 rookie symposium, he got into a fistfight with teammate Cory Boyd. He has since been arrested for resisting arrest without violence and simple battery after an alleged incident with a taxi driver.