FOXBOROUGH -- The New England Patriots announced a series of roster
moves late Friday. CB Aqib Talib was activated from
the roster exemption he was serving after being traded to New
England by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. WR Greg Salas was signed
to the active roster from the team's practice squad. To make
room, the team released WR Deion Branch and DB Malcolm Williams.
WR Jarred Fayson, a member of the practice squad,
was also released
Talib was the Buccaneers first round
draft pick (20th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft. The
6-foot-1, 205-pound Kansas product appeared in four games for Tampa Bay
in 2012 prior to being suspended by the league. He was traded
to New England on Nov. 1, 2012. He has recorded 20 tackles,
one interception and 7 passes defeded..
Salas was also acquired by New England via a
trade. The St. Louis Rams sent Salas to New England Sept. 1,
2012 for an undisclosed draft pick. He was
originally drafted by St. Louis in the fourth round (112th overall) of
the 2011 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound out of
Hawaii product was was released on Sept. 19 and signed to the practice
squad on Sept. 20.
Branch was Selected by the Patrionts in the second
round (65th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. The 5-fot-9, 195-pound
Louisville product was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept.
11, 2006 and then reacquired through a trade with Seattle on Oct. 12,
2010. He has appeared in in 137 games (110 starts) over his career.
He has recorded 511 receptions for 6,579 yards and 39
Williams was originally drafted by New England in
the seventh round (219th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-11,
205-pound TCU product wa released following training camp but
was re-signed to the New England practice squad on Sept. 1, 2012. New
England signed him to the 53-man roster from the practice
squad on Oct. 27, 2012 .
Fayson signed as an undrafted rookie with
the New Orleans Saints in 2011. The 6-foot, 213-pound
Illinois product was released by the Saints following training camp. He
also spent time with the Colts. Fayson was signed to
the Patriots practice squad on Nov. 1, 2012.
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