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Aqib Talib 'ready to help' New England Patriots

The former Buccaner and Kansas Jayhawk wants to help his new team in anyway he can.

Tom Pennington

One of the all-time great defenders for the Kansas Jayhawks football team has some new digs. Aqib Talib was traded on Nov. 1 from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the New England Patriots but couldn't join the team until now because of a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Talib recently addressed the media for the first time, keeeping the focus on football and away from his checkered past which includes a one-game suspension for personal conduct and other off the field issues. Talib says he was caught off guard when the Bucs dealt him to the Patriots:

"You’re always surprised when you get traded. It’s football and I’ve seen it happen before, so I was surprised when it happened to me, but kind of not surprised."

The acquisition of Talib filled a big need for the Patriots who have struggled in pass coverage all season. The Patriots acquired Talib knowing his contract runs out at the end of the season, a sign that perhaps head coach Bill Belichick is going for broke this year. Talib has a history with the Patriots. He met Belichick during the 2008 draft process and at joint practices between the Bucs and Patriots earlier this year.