Richard Hill from Pats' Pulpit had an interesting take on the Talib trade and it's potential affect on Pat Chung's situation: Secondary Fallout: How Talib Affects the Defensive Backs - Pats Pulpit I've always been a Chung fan, but his increasing liability in coverage has pushed me to the point of moving on. Hill's perspective is that the deficiencies of the Pats' CBs and the lack of a true deep FS since Brandon Meriweather was cut have forced the Pats to play Chung out of position, exposing his weaknesses and limiting his strengths. From this perspective, if Chung is able to regain his previous form, a safety rotation of McCourty/Chung/Wilson/Gregory/Ebner with a CB group of Talib/Dennard/(Dowling hopefully in 2013)/Cole/Arrington wouldn't be bad. Gregory can also play the slot/nickel role, adding depth. If Chung can regain some of his form over the second half of the season, it may be worth reconsidering whether he should be part of the equation for the future. He could be less expensive than the FA options available, and if McCourty adapts to the role of a deep FS then the need for someone like a Goldson/Byrd/Reed would not be so great.