The cornerback’s career since he was drafted in the first round in 2008 has been marked by strong play and numerous off-field problems.
He’s had two NFL suspensions and a fight with a fellow Tampa Bay draftee at a rookie symposium. In May 2011, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but that was dropped last June 18.
“What happened in the past is the past,” Talib said on Thursday. “I’m just looking forward to make the best of this opportunity and win some ballgames.”
Coach Bill Belichick traded with the Buccaneers for Talib before last Sunday’s 37-31 win over the Buffalo Bills. He had to sit that out to complete a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, which Talib said was Adderall.
Belichick was brief when asked why he felt Talib would have no such issues with the Patriots.
“Any player that we bring here, we feel confident in bringing here or we wouldn’t bring him,” he said "
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