The Patriots made a trade just before the deadline on Thursday in hopes to improve upon their poor secondary play.
Meet Aqib Talib, the newest Patriot. Talib joins New England after four-plus seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Pats also sent a 2013 fourth-round draft pick to Tampa Bay, and received a 2013 seventh-round pick in addition to Talib.
In 58 career games, the 6-foot-1 cornerback has recorded 182 tackles and 18 interceptions.
But if Talib is going to help, it won't be in the team's next game against the Bills. Talib is currently serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Talib said in a statement shortly after the suspension that he took an Adderall pill without a prescription before the season began, triggering the positive test.
Talib has served three of the four games so far, and will have to miss one more before putting on that Patriots uniform.
But that's the least of Talib's past issues. Trouble has found Talib or vice versa for quite a while now. Here's the quick rap sheet on him:
JULY 2008 -- Involved in a fistfight with fellow Buccaneers rookie Cory Boyd at the NFL rookie symposium.
AUGUST 20, 2009 -- Arrested by Florida Highway Patrol and charged with resisting arrest without violence and simple battery.
MARCH 2011 Arrested in Garland, Texas for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused of firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend. He was released on 25,000 bond, and indicted in May 2011. On June 18, 2012 the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence and character concerns with the accuser.
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after thinking Barack Obama gave Jeffrey Ross a run for his money as the Roast-master In Chief at last night’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.
*The man behind the music at American Airlines Arena for the Dallas Stars’ games comes into the spotlight for a story.
*Don Cherry sings the praises of Joel Ward, wears a Toronto Marlies suit and said “it was time to go” for Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Penguins coach Mike Sullivan taking major issue with the head shot Brooks Orpik laid on Olli Maatta.
*The Maple Leafs secure the No. 1 overall pick in last night’s NHL Draft lottery, which will no doubt lead them to Auston Matthews.
*Now that the Edmonton Oilers have the No. 4 pick, Peter Chiarelli is open to trade options for those teams wanting to move up.
*Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is once again thriving in Ontario just a year after a major health scare.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz on the unique journey for Brent Burns that culminated in his Norris Trophy finalist honor this week.
*Spector has the roundup of rumors including plenty of speculation on Kevin Shattenkirk once the Blues are done in the playoffs.
*For something completely different: a couple of reporters actually got into an actual fight at the White House Correspondent’s after-party. It sounds like they both kind of deserved a punch in the face, to be honest.
The Patriots have reportedly added nine undrafted free agents after selecting nine players in the 2016 NFL Draft.
DJ Foster, RB/WR, Arizona State
Shaquille Powell, RB, Duke
De’Runnya Wilson, TE/WR, Miss State
Steven Scheu, TE, Vanderbilt
Woodrow Hamilton, DT, Mississippi State
CJ Johnson, LB, Mississippi State
V’Angelo Bentley, CB, Illinois
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
Cre’Von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic
Foster is arguably the highest profile player the Patriots signed and was filmed celebrating the moment.
Foster has the versatility the Patriots looks for. He played running back over his first three collegiate seasons before shifting to wide receiver. He finished his career at Arizona State with 666 total touches for 4,813 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Stay tuned for more…
CSN Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Patriots picks they liked and which ones they didn't.
Watch the video above.