NFL Analysis: Bucs to Cut Aqib Talib?

| by Off The Record

Coming out of Kansas University in 2008, CB Aqib Talib had some character concerns. He was a hell of a player, but had some off-field issues that had scared many teams away. But, apparently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t afraid of him, because they took him in the first round that year.

He rewarded them by immediately getting into a fight at the NFL’s rookie symposium with another player. What character concerns?

Since then, he’s punched a teammate at practice and slugged a cab driver in St. Petersburg. Seems like a lot typical draft rumor nonsense was being put out during the run up to the 2008 draft. He’s fine!

But it’s the latest incident that has the St. Petersburg Times thinking that Talib is done in Tampa. You know, the whole dust up regarding him trying to pistol whip his sister’s boyfriend and then he and his mother firing shots at the guy as he ran away? We don’t know to what degree that it’s true, but he turned himself into police on the charges and it would seem that the Bucs have had enough of his hijinx.

“Barring a last-minute change of heart — or perhaps his exoneration — the Bucs are expected to release troubled CB Aqib Talib,” Rick Stroud writes. “Only the lockout, which prevents teams from making transactions, has prevented Tampa Bay from already cutting ties with its 2008 first-round draft pick. Despite his talent as one of the few shutdown cornerbacks in the league, Talib has run out of chances, the Bucs believe.”

He doesn’t sound like he’s speculating. It really sounds like the team is done with him. While he does seem to be a royal pain in the butt, he is young and extremely talented. That means, someone will take a chance on him. He will probably get an incentive-laden contract from another team where that team isn’t on the hook for much of anything other than his dorm room in training camp.

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