Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave up on cornerback Aqib Talib and dealt him to the New England Patriots just before the trade deadline for a fourth round pick.
Many assumed coach Bill Belichick would be able to control Talib and get the most out of his immense talent. The former 2008 first round pick has the skills to be a top flight cornerback, but he has a history filled with arrests and suspensions.
Now, it seems as though the Patriots are realizing the same thing the Bucs did.
Comcast SportsNet’s Mike Giardi reports that the Patriots are leery of signing Talib to a long-term contract because of his troubled past and suspect work ethic.
Talib, who has 19 career interceptions, is scheduled to become a free agent and even though there is a lot of risk involved for anybody that signs him, he will have a few teams interested in his services.
Of course, the Patriots still have a few weeks to make up their minds and could decide to lock him up before he hits the open market. If not, then the Bucs got a fourth round pick out of New England for a little less than a half season.
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