With the NFL trade deadline coming and going, the New England Patriots were one of the few teams to actually complete a trade, as they acquired Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and a seventh round draft pick in-return for a fourth round pick.
The second that news broke of this trade, I immediately put all of Talib's personal and character issues aside and thought to myself: "This really could be the move that could turn New England's secondary around."
This trade might come to a surprise to some of you, but take a look at Bill Belichick's history—he loves bringing in troubled, yet talented, players and tries to get the best out of them while turning their careers around. It has worked at times, such as with Corey Dillon, Randy Moss and Rodney Harrison but has failed miserably with players such as Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth.
However, I feel that this attempt at turning around an NFL reject could quite possibly turn out to be one of the greatest moves that Belichick has ever done in New England.
Talib is most definitely talented, but comes with quite the rap sheet. The 26-year-old is currently serving a four-game suspension after testing positive for Adderall and has one week left on his suspension.
Talib has also had his share of run-ins with the law, as he was arrested in August of 2009 after allegedly battering a taxi driver and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in March of 2011, but those charges were dropped.
So as you can see, Talib isn't quite the ideal role model that you'd want your kids looking up to—but he's one talented cornerback.
Talib has the potential to step in as New England's No. 1 cornerback, starting aside the struggling Devin McCourty—and could turn into one of New England's top defensive play-makers.
Talib has played in 58 career games while recording 18 interceptions, breaking up 53 passes, and recording 182 tackles.
As of right now, we'll just have to wait and see if Belichick can right the ship with his newly acquired project, Aqib Talib.