Trouble has followed Aqib Talib ever since he was a first-round pick in the '08 draft. He has fought teammates, been accused of hitting a cab driver and was suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell at the start of last season. Just last month, Talib added to his rap sheet when he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
It appears the off-field incidents have been too much for the Buccaneers. The team is planning on releasing the talented 25-year old when they are able to, the St. Petersburg Times reported on Sunday. Due to the lockout, the team can't make any transactions at the current time.
In 41 career games, Talib has 15 interceptions and 35 passes defensed. The newspaper reports "the Bucs have reached a point where they believe Talib's talent no longer justifies the trouble he generates. They believe it's only a matter of time before he runs afoul of the rules again. That's why general manager Mark Dominik made it clear last week that the Bucs have altered their draft plans to include selecting a cornerback."
The way we see it
Some other team is sure to give Talib a chance, because he is both young and talented. However he is likely to be suspended again once the lockout is resolved, making him a risky pickup for whichever team decides to sign him. The Buccaneers, a young team with a lot of emerging talent, are making the smart call by parting ways with a repeated trouble-maker.