Aqib Talib has been a trouble maker from the start of his career in Tampa Bay, dating back to the time he got in a fistfight with a teammate at the rookie symposium, two months after the Bucs took him in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft. And some in Tampa think that his latest trouble should be his last.
With the news that Talib has been suspended four games for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy (for what he says was taking Adderall without a prescription), Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times is weighing in and saying that the Bucs need to cut Talib.
“The Bucs should have known better,” Shelton writes. “With Talib, there is always going to be another headache, another headline, another horror show. Sooner or later, he was going to let down his teammates once again.”
It seems unlikely that the Bucs would cut Talib for taking Adderall when they didn’t cut him when he was charged with shooting at his sister’s ex-boyfriend (those charges were later dropped). But with a guy like Talib, the only way to ensure he won’t embarrass your team with off-field trouble is to get rid of him.