New England Patriots move Devin McCourty to safety


The New England Patriots will permanently move Devin McCourty to safety, according to NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi.

The Patriots sent a fourth-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for cornerback Aqib Talib at Thursday's trade deadline.

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Talib instantly becomes the most talented, and most troubled, cornerback on the Patriots' roster. Lombardi believes the Patriots will line Talib over the opponent's No. 2 receiver and double-team the No. 1. That has been the Patriots' tendency with their No. 1 cornerback.

McCourty has some experience at safety from the end of 2011 and played the position last week.

The move to acquire Talib plainly shows the Patriots are all-in for a Super Bowl this season.

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