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April 17, 2012 @ 10:50 am
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Tampa Bay Makes Talib Available Via Trade

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The Buccaneers have made it known that cornerback Aqib Talib is available via trade, a league source has told PewterReport.com. Talib, who is in the final year of his contract, has a grand jury trial scheduled for June 25 in Texas for his aggravated assault charge stemming from an incident in March 2011.
A league source has told PewterReport.com that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made starting cornerback Aqib Talib available via trade. Thus far there have been no takers. The Bucs offered no comment on whether Talib is in fact on the trading block.

It is unknown what Tampa Bay’s asking price is for Talib, but Bucs general manager Mark Dominik does want additional picks in this year’s draft and has publicly expressed the idea of trading down in the first round in order to try to do so. Tampa Bay has one pick in every round except for the fourth round, which was sent to Philadelphia last year when the Bucs traded up in the fourth round of the 2011 draft to select tight end Luke Stocker.

What would make attempting to trade Talib difficult is the fact that his trial for aggravated assault with a handgun in Texas has been pushed back to June 25. The original trial date was scheduled for March and the Bucs were hoping to know Talib’s status prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, which begins on April 26.

Even if he is found not guilty of the charges, there is still the possibility that Talib could face a suspension from the NFL for his conduct that led to his arrest last March, and that could further dampen interest in the talented cornerback. Also complicating any possible trade is the fact that this year’s draft is relatively deep at the cornerback position. As many as four cornerbacks – LSU’s Morris Claiborne, Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick, North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins and South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore – could be taken in the first round of the draft.

Under new head coach Greg Schiano the Bucs are in the process of overhauling its roster and getting rid of players that don’t follow Schiano’s “Buccaneer Way” of doing things with regards to conduct and professionalism. Quarterback Rudy Carpenter and starting free safety Tanard Jackson were the first players to be released, as part of this overhaul and Talib could be the next one.

Talib, who was drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, has led the team in interceptions over the past four years with 17, including two returned for a touchdown. The 26-year old Talib is loaded with physical talent and superb instincts, but has seen his last two seasons with the Bucs cut short due to injury.

Talib, who is entering the final year of his contract, finished last season with two interceptions, a team-leading 13 pass breakups, 46 tackles and a career-high two forced fumbles in 13 games. Tampa Bay signed veteran cornerback Eric Wright to a five-year deal worth as much as $37.5 million, and also re-signed legendary cornerback Ronde Barber, who has been a starter since 1998, for a team-record 16th season.

The Bucs also have depth at cornerback from E.J. Biggers, who was the team’s nickel cornerback last season, returns in 2012, along with Myron Lewis, a third-round pick in 2010 who has yet to pan out, in addition to Anthony Gaitor, a seventh-rounder from a year ago.

Tampa Bay is believed to be seriously considering using its first-round pick on Claiborne, who is the top-rated cornerback in the draft. Claiborne, a junior entry, is blessed with 4.39 speed and had 11 interceptions over the past two years, and was coached by Ron Cooper at LSU. Cooper was hired by the Bucs this offseason to serve as Tampa Bay’s secondary coach.

If Talib is traded or released this offseason, Wright and Barber would presumably be the starters with Claiborne or another rookie likely challenging Biggers for the nickel cornerback role.

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    I sure wish Talib would have his day in court before some of you start a petition to destroy our legal system. You remember; the one that says you're entitled to a trial by your peers and innocent until proven guilty. Where's Jessie Jackson when you need him? This "rumor" from an unnamed source doesn't validate any foresight that Talib is destined to be traded or cut. He may well be eventually as any of the other players on the roster could be traded or cut. All players are available for trade in the NFL for the right price. I don't have a For Sale sign on my house and its' contents, but I can assure you I would sell it all for the right price. It just makes no sense to me that Dominik would actively attempt to trade a player whose season and possibly career is in jeopardy thus at the lowest selling point. What's a team like the Redskins going to offer; that 4th round pick, a 7th rounder? Dominik knows he can sit tight and wait for the legal proceedings to play out. If favorable, the asking price for #25 would be far better than today. Plus, I believe Coach Schiano. He sure seemed sincere to me.
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    USA TODAY said Ronde already revealed that we were drafting Claiborn @ 5. But im a lil disturbed about the lying being done by coaching staff. WE ARE NOT DUMB! KEEP IT REAL AND SAY WE DONT WANT CHARACTER ISSUES ON OUR TEAM! DONT SAY EVERYONE IS GETTINGA CLEAN SLATE WHEN IT IS CLEAR THAT IS NOT THE CASE. TELL THE TRUTH AND WE WILL RESPECT WHAT IT IS YOU ARE DOING. Right now he may have lost some respect from fans. I dont respect liars
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    Just watched the press conference from day 2, coach schiano said they have no plans of shopping Talib. Surprised this hasnt been updated!
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    What's his value on the market? We all know the negatives but positives are he is a playmaker, highly productive, and still relatively in his prime. I"d say a 2nd rounder is not out of the question. Eagles are shopping Asante Samuel, perhaps a mutual trade? Although financially his cap hit is $10million, I'm sure the Bucs and Eagles could work something out if they had mutual interest. Samuel has very little character concerns and is still productive. There are many NFL teams with a CB need so a trade is most likely going to happen.
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    Don't know what to make of this. I heard Sciano say everyone gets a clean slate and I know Talib has been working hard to do everything Schiano has asked. I don't get why they would try and shop him when this defense is the wrost D is the history of this franchise. It's pathetic. He hasn't been proven guilty and even thiough some ppl are saying he had a gun in his hand when he came out of his car, I'm sure that was the other guy saying that. We don't know Sh$t yet so lets stop speculating. I'm pretty sure that if they wanted to trade Talib they woul dhave tried for a few days or weeks, not one day this report has surfaced in and already shot down byt NFL.com, doesn't make sense.
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    All of the poster who are writing that we should just cut Talib must not have read PR's acticle a few days ago. The Bucs can't cut Talib until after the trail for risk of a wrongful termination lawsuit by the Players Association.
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    Horse, I guess where you and disagree on this is whether Aqib had a gun in hand when he arrived on the scene. We were not there and I have read reports where Aqib had the gun, reports where the child molester had the gun and reports where his mom had the gun. Until I can get a straight answer from someone who can verify events as fact and not speculation I can't agree that Aqib showed up at the scene with gun in hand. I'm an analyst (among other things) and I have to use data that I trust to make assessments and predictions.
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    pinkstop, I didn't think there was a question about him not having a gun in hand since I believe that his ex sister's boy friend took the gun away from him. I thought that was what the newspaper article said when I read it months ago. I haven't heard anything that refutes that he didn't have a gun in his hand when he got out of his car? I think the question has been did he fire his mothers gun after she fired at the ex daughters boy friend or was it just his mother who fired the gun? That's why I believe no matter what Talib used poor judgement and I believe even if he gets off, the commisioner will discipline him for having a hand gun in his hand when he got out of the car. I would be more compassionate if Talib came forward and apologized that everything got out of hand and that he was sorry that it got to guns. I could support him then that we should give him one last chance, but I haven't heard any remorse from him that he takes any responsibility for a stupid mistake on his part. I do now understand where you are coming from.
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    He isn't going anywhere until after his trial.
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    Well you can't say the word "Shocked" when hearing this...But in a way I am shocked they would do this so soon. This makes Claiborne the pick at #5 almost in stone. So now it's on to the 2nd round. RB makes most sense, but for some reason I think the Bucs will go LB with that pick. I just have a feeling.
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    NFL.com just reported that this isn't true and the Buccaneers are NOT shopping talib.
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    Rush2589, I would trust Pewter Report over nfl.com
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    While some say this points to MoClay as the pick, that could also be what Dom wants people to think. Could all be a smokescreen to hide our true interest in Richardson or Kalil. Pretty safe to say no one will bite, and if they do and make a good enough offer, then good for the Bucs.
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    I agree, Schiano's buddy is the Pat's coach. I get the feeling from his interviews that he'll be a "play it close to the vest" type, too.
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    I have an idea why don't we trade or cut everygood player from our defense and then tell Freeman it's his fault we lose games for not scoring enough with our improved offense. This move and the cutting of tjack would take 2 of the top 3 players on our defense out of the equation. and that was the worst defense in the history of the bucs. I hope we don't have to play a talented highschool team they might put up 40pts on us. if we make this move we would have the worst secondary in the league. terrible idea.
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    bmayhew, character does matter in life and maybe one day you will understand what that means.
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    This move was done in response for so many fans calling for Aqib's head. This is Dominik saying, "Look guys, nobody else want's him so that's why he's still on the team." What I would have a big, huge problem with is actually trading or releasing Talib. You're never going to get what he's really worth in a trade. Also releasing a guy that hasn't broken the law since the cabbie incident 2 years ago is just plain foolish. Nothing has been proven yet with the incident involving his sister so that doesn't count at all. Talib is one of the top 5 CB's in the league. Belichik is the only coach I've ever seen who can win without talent on defense and I'm sure having Tom Brady helped. Schiano can only do so much. It's become painfully clear to me over the past 2 years that winning on Sundays, making the playoffs and winning he Super Bowl is not the #1 priority in the hearts of most Bucs fans. Their #1 priority is how much money the owners spend and what the players do in their spare time the other 6 days of the week.
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    pinkstop, He is not innocent; the man got out of a car with a gun in hand. How would you have liked it if you were walking on the side walk by the house when the bullets started flying whether it was his mom or him or both?. Come on! I am not saying he's an awful person; I am saying he is not using good judgement and not everything should be swept under the carpet. He still had a gun in hand getting out of the car; that's very poor judgement on his part. When is this country going to take hand guns seriously? Too many people get shot and killed most times by using poor judgement. An example is what just happen in the Martin/Zimmermen case? Poor judgement with Zimmermen got Martin Killed. Luckily, no one was hurt in the Talib incident, but that doesn't mean we should take this lightly and just use the excuse that he is innocent until proven guilty beyond a shadow of doubt.
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    As usual, you are jumping in with your interpretation of the facts. We are getting tired of your rants every time Talib's name is mentioned. Why don't you just can it and wait for then courts to decide?
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    this is just further proof that Claiborne willbe our pick at 5. Sorry Richardson fans.
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    This article makes it sound like Rudy Carpenter was released as part of the 'elimating bad seeds' operation under the new coach. Was Rudy a bad seed? Otherwise, I think this is a political move. The Bucs know no one is going to trade for Talib with his current situation, so by announcing this, it sends a (another) message to Talib that he's on his last breath with Bucs patience. It also is a nice little smoke screen to the rest of the NFL to add some doubt or questions about what the Bucs plan to do with their #5 pick.
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    @Bucco - see the 4/13 Pewter Pulse
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    Biggers,he also needs to go. If we keep him we should keep Talib and hope for the best. Maybe get one more year and than let him go. I can see another 4-12 season this year or maybe worse. Rome was not built in a day, get a corner next year with the low pick.
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    Yeah, I feel vindicated by some of the Soundoff's who thought I was crazy to suggest we cut or trade Talib before the draft and until his trial is over. Coach Schiano does not want Talib on this team. When will some of you wake up? It doesn't matter whether he gets off or not; the man got out of his car with a gun; right there is a huge character issue. I would take a 5th rounder right now with the understanding that if Talib can play some games this season at some time; we get an additional 4th round pick in 2013. Go Bucs; do the right thing.
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    This is not going to happen with Talib's status uncertain. It's too big a gamble for any GM. Talib is gone either way, the Bucs are just trying to get something for him before they release him and put that money towards signing whoever they pick up in the draft. I also agree that Talib needs to go, along with any other player that puts his off-field issues or bad attitude ahead of his team or his city. Other NFL franchises have proven that you can win without players with off-field issues or attitude problems. These type of players are a distraction plain and simple. The impact plays they make do not equal how they detract from their team and the community. A professional status and paycheck should demand professional conduct, anything less is just selfish and immature.
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    Was Talib the one player not at the workouts yesterday?
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    I don't understand the point in it right now. With the entire NFL knowing his future is up in the air until mid summer, there's no way anyone gives the Bucs more than a 5th round pick for him. I mean if there was no troubles with him off the field he would easily be worth a 2nd or 3rd round pick. Of course in that situation we wouldn't be trying to get rid of him.
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    No surprise nobody is jumping at this. He is a hit or miss guy. All the talent and none of the head for the game (Not the football part, the don't be an idiot part). A shame really. As for, "The Bucs also have depth at cornerback ..." the Bucs have guys but I am not sure they have depth.
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    Not a big surprise, but could be an indication of the interest in drafting Claiborne. He's likely to be available and it's not clear when/if Talib will be available. Considering Talib's trial doesn't start until after the draft I can't see a team willinig to give up much in a trade. Of course this could all be a matter of putting the feelers out there.
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