Pats smart to gamble on Aqib Talib

Updated: November 2, 2012, 3:22 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

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 ...

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