Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that the New England Patriots gave up a 2013 fourth-round draft pick for Aqib Talib and a seventh-round 2013 draft pick. That's a low price to pay for a star cornerback, but considering Talib's issues and limited time remaining on his contract, the haul is not terrible for the Buccaneers.
The low prace in the Talib trade is a confluence of circumstances. The Buccaneers likely weren't interested in keeping Talib for the long term, and with his contract expiring this offseason the Bucs would be letting him walk for nothing if they didn't trade him now. Moreover, Talib still has one game left on his suspension, which means the Patriots are really trading for seven games of Aqib Talib, plus any playoff appearances. Finally, Talib's numerous off-field problems make him far from a secure investment.
For the Bucs, getting a fourth-round pick for seven games worth of a troubled player looks like a good deal. Of course, giving up your best cornerback when you're still in the hunt for the playoffs for just a fourth-round pick may not be the smartest move, especially so when your depth at the position is abysmal.
According to Ian Rapoport, the seventh-round pick the Bucs gave up in the trade was the pick they received from Chicago in exchange for Brian Price.