Re: Holy Crap Batman! BB Makes A Trade?! For a CB?! and a Huuuuge Trouble Guy. BB Can Change His Stripes Thank God!!!
posted at 11/1/2012 10:39 PM EDT
That's Trader Bill for you.
The first thing I notice about Aqib Talib is that he fights. BB goes after the high-spirited fighters. This guy fights his teammate, he mouths off at the cops (but doesn't hit them!), he almost shoots a sex pervert who goes after his sister. BB really believes in that "fight in the dog" adage. The next time some dum-dum player from Baltimore calls New England a "finesse" team, drag out Aqib.
However, the guy doesn't appear to be a drunk or a meth head. Drunks usually don't win games. They drag your team down in December. Nor does he abuse women.
Adderall? Adderall isn't designed to be an addictive substance. It's an ADHD pill. Aqib must be completely embarrassed at getting caught popping an ADD pill, because it says something vaguely bad about his brain chemistry, but the drug probably doesn't affect his on-field performance. BB has a record of taking chances on players in non-addictive drug trouble. Case in point: Aaron Hernandez flunked two pot tests and turned out pretty well for a fourth rounder.
I like Aqib's size for a cornerback, his big pile of interceptions and his experience.
Aqib has a strange advantage with his suspension. He doesn't count against the 53 man limit until after the Buffalo game. This gives him 3 weeks to learn the system.
Is New England getting this guy for only seven regular season games plus the playoffs? Not necessarily. BB can see if Aqib works his tail off during November. If he does, Jonathan Kraft can make him a pre-emptive offer in mid-December. Aqib can immediately sign a long term contract with the Patriots for some guaranteed money, or he can risk getting that big injury for a few games and then he'll be a free agent with all sorts of baggage, good luck with that. Who loves ya, Aqib?
On the Patriots' side, everybody in the defensive backfield is injured at this point. Either plop down a draft pick for a player or go dumpster diving.
So yes, I like the trade so far.