The New England Patriots moved to bolster their porous secondary, acquiring cornerback Aqib Talib, who has one game remaining on a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Talib is in the final season of his contract.
The fifth-year pro said in a statement released by the Buccaneers earlier this month that he took an Adderall pill without a prescription “around the beginning of training camp.”
Talib was the 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft and was one of Tampa Bay’s top defenders with 18 career interceptions.
Talib’s suspension is his second of his NFL career.
The 26-year-old was suspended without pay for the 2010 regular-season opener and also fined one additional game check for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. That discipline stemmed from an altercation with a St. Petersburg cab driver during training camp in August 2009.
Information from ESPNBoston.com and The Associated Press was used in this report.