With all the legal issues in the NFL this off-season, it’s easy to lose track of what is happening. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have to deal with a situation they thought was over. Cornerback Aqib Talib could be facing a suspension from the league for his role in an assault charge, though he was cleared of all wrong-doing by prosecutors in Texas.
Although Talib wasn’t tried by prosecutors, he could still be suspended by the league. While the league reserves the right to punish Talib for this incident, it is an unusual situation because the incident occurred during the lockout. It is also rather interesting, to say the least, that the league can still discipline Talib even though he was acquitted of any wrong-doing. However, those are the rules, and a suspension is still in play.
It is looking more and more like Talib will, in fact, be suspended. Multiple reports have indicated that the Buccaneers are preparing to move Ronde Barber back to cornerback in case this does happen. This indicates that the Buccaneers might be expecting a suspension. Of course, it is highly unlikely that this suspension would be more than three games, but it appears Talib will, indeed, be disciplined for his assault with a deadly weapon charge.
This wouldn’t be the end of the world for the Buccaneers, but the situation is worth monitoring. Especially now that there are signs pointing to a suspension. One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “I think he (Talib) might get a game or two, so a message can be sent.” Regardless, Talib will be in a Buccaneers uniform in 2012, and should be at training camp, starting on July 27.