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Bucs, Pats beat trade deadline with deal

By Zac

At a few minutes after 4 this afternoon, it appeared all was quiet at the NFL trade deadline.

Then the Tampa Bay Bucs announced they had traded suspended and oft-troubled cornerback Aqib Talib to the New England Patriots.

The league moved the deadline back 48 hours this week because Hurricane Sandy closed the league office early in the week and made things complicated for the day to day operations of several teams.

Unless something else changes or is announced, speculation involving Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams and a handful of teams, including the Bengals, was apparently just speculation.

There was one other deal this week. Jacksonville sent backup wide receiver to Mike Thomas to Detroit, which made a small ripple only because the Jags and Lions play each other this weekend.

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