It appears that the new regime in Tampa doesn’t deal with off-field troubles too well. A league source has told Rant Sports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently looking to trade cornerback Aqib Talib. As of right now, there aren’t any teams interested in Talib’s services.
And there won’t be. At least, not until the end of June, which is when we will learn the outcome of Talib’s pending trial. Talib has had a history of legal troubles, and this current one might not end well. Even if he doesn’t end up in jail, Talib could still face a suspension from the league.
Also, the fact that Talib is available is a sign that the Buccaneers might decide to draft a cornerback early on. That corner will most likely be Morris Claiborne out of LSU. Talib is only 26 years old, so he still has room to grow. Remember, he was drafted 20th overall in 2008. There’s no doubt that the talent is there, but the legal troubles have frequently been a distraction, and clearly, these actions don’t fit the new “Buccaneer Way.”
Tampa Bay will probably look for additional draft picks in return for Talib. But that’s if any teams are interested. There’s a very good chance that his pending trial will keep teams away. Mark Dominik, the general manager, has expressed his desire to acquire extra picks, either by trading down, or trading away a player like Talib.
Talib’s best season came in 2009 when he had five interceptions and 58 tackles on the year. In 2010, Talib had six interceptions in only 11 games. However in 2011, he only had two picks, and was often beat by opposing receivers.
We will have to wait and see what happens with Talib, but right now it looks like his future in Tampa Bay is in danger. If I have to name a team that might be interested, I’d go with the Tennessee Titans, who have also been linked to Asante Samuel.
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