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Aqib Talib has come of age in Patriots’ secondary

FOXBOROUGH — From March 1, 2008, the day that homegrown All-Pro Asante Samuel signed a six-year free agent deal with Philadelphia, until Nov. 1, 2012, the day they acquired Aqib Talib in a trade with the Buccaneers, the Patriots spent six draft picks and millions of free agent dollars trying to find a No. 1 cornerback.

There were several duds in the bunch, but there were some times over that four-plus-year span that it looked as if New England had found a suitable replacement: Leigh Bodden’s 2009 season was strong, and Devin McCourty was a Pro Bowler at the position as a rookie in 2010.

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