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.
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.