Now that the case against cornerback Aqib Talib has been dismissed, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Talib can focus on a fresh start. For now, it looks like Talib has all of his legal issues behind him, and can finally focus on playing football again. It remains to be seen whether that will be in Tampa Bay or somewhere else.
However, sources have told RantSports.com that Talib is “unlikely” to be traded “as of now.” The main reason, of course, was the uncertainty about Talib’s future, but that has, for the most part, been cleared up. However, the NFL has yet to rule out discipline for Talib, which is still a very real possibility. More likely, however, is the fact that the Buccaneers will be hard pressed to find a trade partner for Talib. Even though Talib is only 26, his career has been laced with off-the-field issues that have affected his performance on the field.
Another aspect to this is that head coach Greg Schiano has said nothing but good things about Talib, while he has been present at mini-camp. At the conclusion of the recent three-day mandatory mini-camp, Schiano said, “The thing that I can tell you is since I arrived here Jan. 26, he’s been awesome. He’s been here every day. He’s been extremely focused, doing everything that we asked.”
All of this doesn’t mean that Talib won’t be traded, but it seems unlikely at this point. Training camp is about four weeks away, and major moves aren’t expected to happen before then. It seems safe to say that Talib will be at Buccaneers training camp in July.