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Greg Schiano denies team wants to deal Aqib Talib

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The Buccaneers may have serious interest in LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, but, according to their head coach, that doesn’t mean they are trying to trade Aqib Talib.

Greg Schiano responded to a report from Wednesday morning that the team was looking to deal Talib in exchange for a pick or picks in next week’s draft. He told the Tampa Bay Times that there’s nothing to it.

“All I can tell you is that there is absolutely zero thinking on our part as far as wanting to do that,” Schiano said. “I want him to be a Buc. I understand there’s been issues before I arrived. I’m not naive to that. And I understand that some of those are a heck of a lot bigger than playing football.┬áBut I am really hopeful that that clears itself up. Since I met him for the first time, he’s done everything I’ve asked. He’s practiced well and he’s prepared well. I try not to judge people other than (by) how they treat me, and he’s treated me well. I don’t know how all that got started, but no, there’s no truth to that.”

It’s a strong denial, especially since there’s been a lot of focus on clearing out players with character issues since Schiano came to Tampa. It could be an attempt to drive up the price in a trade, of course, but the truth remains that trading Talib is problematic on two fronts.

The first is the trial for aggravated assault that starts at the end of June, leaving his availability for the 2012 season in some doubt, and the second is the impact that uncertainty will have on the return in a trade. Troubled or not, Talib is a talented player who was a first-round pick just a few years ago. The Bucs wouldn’t get anything close to that in a deal and might be better off rolling the dice on Talib’s availability as they try to rebound from a rough 2011 season.

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22 Responses to “Greg Schiano denies team wants to deal Aqib Talib”
  1. chawk12thman says: Apr 18, 2012 6:16 PM

    Must be true; They denied it strongly. That’s the surest sign it is happening.

  2. rnflc says: Apr 18, 2012 6:24 PM

    Talib has talent but needs to focus on just getting his name in the paper on the sports section for just sports. If he can stay out of trouble, a big IF, he could be a true star.

  3. schmitty2 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:25 PM

    Schiano must have realized what he and Mama Talib are capable of and decided a trade might not be good for his health

  4. daysend564 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:38 PM

    AKA: Nobody wants our garbage, time to make nice so he’ll come to camp w/o a gun

  5. txxxchief says: Apr 18, 2012 6:43 PM

    Aqib “The Huntsville Express” Talib

  6. goredskins11 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:44 PM

    Is it just me or does his head look freakishly small in that photo? I mean it looks like a cartoon.

  7. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 18, 2012 6:48 PM

    If Aqib wants to stop getting in trouble he should shave off the mustache.

    I’m not saying that will KEEP him out of trouble, because I doubt anything will do that….it’s just, it’ll make it tougher for police to ID him if witnesses can’t just describe him as “the black Snidely Whiplash.”

  8. jennstergersburnedretinas says: Apr 18, 2012 6:49 PM

    Schiano simply knows that you can’t trade clink-bait.

  9. professorcolumbus says: Apr 18, 2012 6:50 PM

    goredskins11 says:
    Apr 18, 2012 6:44 PM
    Is it just me or does his head look freakishly small in that photo? I mean it looks like a cartoon.

    ______

    ummm… look who he’s standing next o

  10. dugganmt says: Apr 18, 2012 6:51 PM

    “Is it just me or does his head look freakishly small in that photo? I mean it looks like a cartoon.”

    – Ironically, it is because he is next to “Fat Albert”.

  11. turbo2728 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:22 PM

    As much as you can’t believe anything that comes out this close to draft day, I believe Schiano. He’s been open and honest with the fanbase since he came to Tampa and I can’t see him risking the trust he’s built up with the fans over Talib.

    I have a feeling Schiano will give Talib one final chance should he be cleared in his upcoming trial. Any other outcome and he’ll be following Jackson out the door.

  12. chief67 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:22 PM

    Tiny little head and a brain the size of a chicken !

  13. dkeyser says: Apr 18, 2012 7:25 PM

    The only deal involving Talib will be him trading a shiv for a pack of camel nonfilters

  14. thegonz13 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:39 PM

    Who is going to trade for a guy who will stand trial in June and risks a suspension from the league.

  15. arlingtonsynn says: Apr 18, 2012 7:47 PM

    Of course he would say this….

    He doesn’t want to get shot.

  16. eaglesfan290 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:05 PM

    Does he have trade value?

    Well to be fair bubba might trade you 5 packs of smokes for him in cell block B!

  17. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 18, 2012 9:01 PM

    Mark it down- Talib will be a Bengal by the end of the week.

  18. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Apr 18, 2012 9:26 PM

    He does not deserve to be a professional football player and it’s embarrassing to have him as a member of my Bucs. Cut him loose.

  19. ilovephillyhaters says: Apr 18, 2012 9:30 PM

    Talib is exactly a picture perfect waste of talent picture. He ll no focus on anything then a want to be bad ass

  20. bucforever says: Apr 18, 2012 9:35 PM

    I hope he can play. we need Talib and Barber to keep some veteran leagership in the locker room and on the field. GO BUCS!

  21. stairwayto7 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:34 PM

    An over rated punk! He is as over rated as Terrance Newman was..Both are horrible

  22. ilovephillyhaters says: Apr 18, 2012 10:48 PM

    Barber can help lead him to the AARP site both are embarrassing barber is over due on retirement should have followed tiki

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