Patriots acquire Aqib Talib from the Buccaneers

The Patriots' abysmal secondary just got a little better

11/1/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Sep 16, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib (25) breaks up a pass to New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) during the game at MetLife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIREThe New England Patriots have arguably the best offense in the NFL, with legendary QB Tom Brady and an emerging stable of young running backs. Their defense, however, has been a serious problem for the past few years, particularly in the secondary.

They've made a move that could help at least a little bit, by acquiring CB Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Talib, in his 5th year, is currently serving a suspension for violating the league's drug policy, but he'll be available for the Patriots against the Colts in week 11. They're currently on their bye week, and then have another bye week after that, when they play the Bills (relax, Buffalo fans, I'm just kidding).

Talib has 18 career interceptions, and will almost certainly start for the Patriots as soon as he's eligible. Their secondary has been an issue for the past several years, and was a huge reason they lost the Super Bowl to the Giants last year.

Was this a good move for the Patriots? Will Talib be able to stay on the field and be productive? Or is it too late to salvage their disastrous secondary?
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