Reiss: Pats smart to gamble on Talib

In a column posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes that the Patriots were wise to trade for cornerback Aqib Talib (link here):

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The first question to ask is if the New England Patriots are a better football team now that they have acquired talented but troubled cornerback Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

That's a decisive yes. Talib addresses the Patriots' most glaring need, one created by their own doing and something that is significant enough to stand in the way of their championship hopes. It's hard to argue that point.

Then it's a question of what the Patriots had to give up, and if it was worth it.

A 2013 fourth-round draft choice represents good value for both teams -- the building-for-the-future Buccaneers weren't going to re-sign Talib, so they get something in return for a player who wasn't part of their future; the young but championship-contending Patriots can spare a midrounder (they've selected 40 players in the past four drafts).

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