Patriots Acquire Suspended Cornerback Aqib Talib From Buccaneers

The New England Patriots acquired cornerback Aqib Talib in a trade-deadline deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, adding a first-round draft pick who has one game left on a four-game suspension for violating the National Football League’s drug policy.

Talib, 26, joins a Patriots defense that has allowed the fifth-most passing yards in the NFL this season. The Patriots sent a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft to the Buccaneers for Talib and a seventh-round selection in 2013.

Talib has spent his first five NFL seasons with Tampa Bay after being taken with the 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft and has totaled 18 interceptions. He received a four-game ban from the NFL for use of Adderall, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

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