Monday, February 18, 2013
Should the Bucs bring back Talib?
By Tim Kavanagh
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' trade with the New England Patriots involving CB Aqib Talib was a key transaction for both clubs: it helped the Pats' secondary immensely (an effect that was most evident after he was injured in the AFC championship game), and it gave the Bucs an extra fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft. Talib is now getting set to enter unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career, unless the Pats re-sign or franchise tag him, but there's one thought that hasn't been getting much attention: should the Bucs target him if he does hit free agency?
Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune believes that they should consider it. "Sure, there is an inherent risk that comes with signing Talib, and it may well be that the Bucs are glad to finally be rid of the incessant migraine that he has a tendency to be. But there is an inherent risk, an unknown, that comes with the signing of almost any free agent and in the case of Talib, the Bucs know precisely what it is they'd be getting. This is a player the Bucs groomed, after all, one who should just now be entering his prime and who 'did everything' Bucs coach Greg Schiano asked of him, at least on the field, during his brief time here last year."
ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas acknowledges a portion of Cummings' line of reason here, but is uncertain how likely this move actually is:
Pat YasinskasTalib to Tampa Bay?
"Talib certainly is more talented than most of the cornerbacks that will be available in free agency. But I have a hard time seeing coach Greg Schiano bringing back a player with trouble in his past."