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Indianapolis Colts v New England PatriotsThe New England Patriots continue to add to their defence, signing CB Aqib Talib to a one-year deal worth $5 million according to a tweet from Adam Schefter.

Talib joins Adrian Wilson and Kyle Arrington in the Patriots secondary. A relatively weak market for Corner Backs prevented the former University of Kansas star from getting a multi-year deal. That, and a troublesome past that has included several arrests.

New England acquired Talib in a trade with Tampa Bay last season. In six games for the Pats the 27-year old recorded 13 tackles and one interception.

Compared to the other major sports, the NFL’s trade deadline is generally silent, often going unnoticed and not producing any big moves. The reason for that is the immersion process; by the time the acquired player learns the playbook, he is essentially useless. Despite this, two trades were made this week, one of which involved former Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round pick Aqib Talib and the always important seventh round pick being dealt to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fourth-round draft choice.

Talib, who was the 20th selection in the 2008 draft, has a strong skill-set that fits what the Patriots look for: big, strong, and long. He’s approximately 6′ 1″, 205 pounds, and he ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine — although I firmly believe he doesn’t play at his timed speed.

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Yep, Bill Belichick still wants all of your discarded dysfunction, please.

The same man who employed and abruptly cut Randy Moss, Albert Haynesworth, and Chad Johnson recently has made another splash into the vast pool of potentially really talented players who only reach such talent if they can refrain from being turds. Paying a minimal cost for possibly a sizable gain is a classic Belichick move, although the cost here — a fourth-round pick in next spring’s draft, and New England also gets Tampa’s seventh — isn’t exactly minimal. It’s not crushing either, but it’s high enough that jettisoning Talib if the 26-year-old can’t stop acting out in the offseason will be a little more difficult.

Talib is just completing a four-game suspension for Adderall use, and the fact that a player with such a checkered past was the only body to be move on trade deadline day is the finest illustration of the league’s fear of moving or more often acquiring players mid-season. Increased parity leads to more teams thinking they have a shot at the playoffs and they’re therefore unwilling to kill the support of their fanbase.

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