Fleeced!November 3rd, 2012
Joe had fun Friday listening to and reading the various chatter from the annoying Boston media and fans.
So what’s their general consensus on the Aqib Talib trade?
The Patriots got fleeced by rockstar general manager Mark Dominik, highway robbery for a fourth-round pick unless the Patriots win the Super Bowl. If the Pats score a ring with Talib, well, then it’s all good, says the New England faithful.
Boston Globe NFL writer Greg Bedard is in that camp. In a column yesterday, he also shared what he learned about how league executives are buzzing after the trade.
“Are you kidding me?” one AFC personnel executive said when told of the terms. “A fourth-round pick for a character risk? How was Tampa Bay able to land that price? Who were (the Patriots) competing against?”
Another AFC executive said “it all depends” on if the Patriots win the Super Bowl.
“It’s a desperation move but the guy is lockdown corner, a good player,” he said. “Good press cover guy. But a complete and utter fool as a person.”
Joe finds it interesting that so many think the Bucs nailed a steal in this deal. But just like everything in the NFL, the true value of a trade is revealed on the field. A fourth-round pick is no assurance of anything, and the loss of Talib thins out the Bucs’ secondary to an alarming state.
Don’t think it’s alarming? Greg Schiano said Friday that Myron Lewis is among the cornerbacks that need to get on the field.