Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib likely won't be going to trial for the assault charges against him until the 2011 season is completed, the St. Petersburg Times reported on Sunday.
Talib is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for his role in a Texas shooting in March. According to the newspaper, the case could result in a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Talib's attorney Frank Perez said that he would ask the Dallas County court to hold the trial either late in 2011 or sometime in 2012.
"Right now, if I requested a trial, it would be late November at the earliest and most likely it would be next year," Perez said.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could still choose to punish Talib with a fine or suspension, even before the case is heard in court. Perez said he is optimistic the charges against his client will be dismissed.
"I don't like the case if I'm the district attorney," Perez said. "We feel very, very strongly Aqib is going to prevail in this. There's nothing to this case. I can't tell you now, but I'm confident we've got something that's going to turn the tide of public opinion."