The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded troubled cornerback Aqib Talib, who is currently still suspended due to a violation of the leagueâ€™s substance abuse policy, to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick. The Patriots also received a 2013 seventh-round pick from the Buccaneers.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said at his weekly press conference, when asked about Talib. â€œSo weâ€™ll take that as it comes. When he gets here, weâ€™ll deal with it.â€ â€œI think heâ€™s a good player,â€ Belichick later added. Patriotsâ€™ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was also asked about his thoughts on Talib, and what sort of role he could have with the team once he returns from suspension. â€œI think weâ€™re obviously going to focus on Buffalo and whoâ€™s on the team right now, but heâ€™s a good player and when we do get a chance to work with him, weâ€™ll address those issues at the time,â€ he said at the same press conference.
Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano called the trade in both teamsâ€™ best interests. â€œJust like any move we make, we put a lot of thought into everything we do, and at the end of the day, our main motivation, our sole motivation is whatâ€™s best for the organization,â€ Schiano said via ESPNBoston.com. â€œWith all factors considered, we had an opportunity to make a trade and be compensated in some way, a fourth-round pick. At the end of the day, when we did all of the comparisons and different things, we think this is whatâ€™s best for the Tampa Bay Bucs moving forward. Thatâ€™s really, like Iâ€™ve told you guys, every decision is made with the same criteria. â€¦
â€œI appreciate, the time that I was here, other than this incident that happened when he was suspended, I enjoyed really coaching Aqib,â€ Schiano continued. â€œAnd for me, heâ€™s done a — he worked his tail off. Everybody didnâ€™t play great at times. I didnâ€™t coach great at times. But as far as what he did for us while I was here, and Iâ€™ve said it many times, Iâ€™m not naive to what happened before, I do appreciate it and I wish him well going forward.â€