Yesterday, Rant Sports, along with many other media outlets, reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were fielding offers for Aqib Talib. However, it appears that it is currently just a rumor. While it would make sense to trade Talib, it takes two teams to make a trade happen and right now I don’t seen any team that would be interested in acquiring Talib.
At his press conference after the second day of mini-camp, Greg Schiano said that there was “zero thinking on our part as far as wanting to do that.” Of course, that being trading Talib. “I want him to be a Buc,” Schiano added.
So it appears that the head coach wants to keep Talib, despite his pending trial, and frequent off-the-field troubles. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. The Bucs recently released Tanard Jackson, who like Talib, was often in trouble with the law. General manager Mark Dominik claimed that the release had nothing to do with Jackson’s legal trouble, but I’m not buying it.
It looks like the Bucs are really running a tighter ship, and players that get into trouble might not be welcome on Schiano’s team.
But then there’s the fact that Tampa Bay is really thin at the corner position, and rather thin at other positions on defense as well. While the Bucs can add depth through the draft, they can’t keep creating more holes. This leads me to believe that the Bucs will hold onto Talib for now.
Talib has been a solid player on defense, but regressed a little bit in 2011. He still has potential, and could be a great player if he gets his legal issues straightened out.
His trial is set for June 25th and Talib is facing jail time, or a possible suspension from the league. We will have to wait until after June 25th to determine what Talib’s future with the team will be. Judging from Schiano’s press conference, it seems the Bucs are content with the status quo for right now.
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