The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced minutes after Thursday's trade deadline that they completed a deal to send cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots.
The Patriots also receive a seventh-round pick and agreed to trade their 2013 fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers.
Pending a physical with his new team, Talib, a former first-round pick, can join the Patriots to begin learning the defense on Monday, Nov. 4.
He is serving a suspension for taking a prescription drug without a prescription, and is not eligible to play until Nov. 18. Talib is talented, but has found regular trouble off the field.
The Patriots are in the midst of their bye week following a win last week over the Rams in London.
New England is 29th in pass defense and Talib would immediately upgrade a secondary considered a team weakness.