Meet the newest member of the New England Patriots. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are hoping to pull another fast one on the rest of the AFC.

With Thursday’s 4 p.m. trade line fast approaching, the Patriots announced that they have acquired cornerback Aqib Talib from Tampa Bay, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Patriots sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa Bay in return and also received a seventh-round pick in the deal, as reported by Pro Football Talk.

The move is aimed to bolster a secondary that ranks 28th in the NFL against the pass is tied for 30th in the league with 17 passing touchdowns allowed.

Talib, who was the No. 20 overall selection in the first-round of the 2008 draft, has one game remaining on his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The former All-American at Kansas said in a statement released by the team earlier this month that he took an Adderall pill without a prescription before the season.

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