Patriots acquire cornerback Aqib Talib from Bucs
Foxborough, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The New England Patriots acquired suspended cornerback Aqib Talib and a seventh-round draft pick in 2013 from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday in exchange for a 2013 fourth-round pick .
The move came before Thursday’s in-season trade deadline.
In his fifth NFL season, Talib is eligible to return Nov. 18 when he completes a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy for using Adderall without a prescription.
“I’m wishing Aqib well in his trip to New England to play for the Patriots and in his future career,” said Bucs general manager Mark Dominik. “But we felt like this was an important decision for us as an organization. Today is about what we felt like what was in the best interest of our football team and what we’re building here in Tampa Bay.”
Since an earlier trade had netted Tampa Bay an extra seventh-round pick, the team now owns eight picks in the 2013 draft, with two in the fourth round and one in every other round.
Due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, Talib joined the Buccaneers as a first-round draft pick in 2008 and played in 58 games with 47 starts.
He appeared in four games for the Buccaneers this season and had 21 tackles and one interception.
Earlier, the Bucs acquired third-year cornerback Danny Gorrer after he was waived by the Seattle Seahawks to fill the void in the position due to Talib’s suspension.
Gorrer did not see action during his two months with the Seahawks but saw regular-season action last season with Baltimore and as a rookie with St. Louis in 2009.
The 6-0, 180-pound Gorrer first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M, signing on with the New Orleans Saints in May 2009.