As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare to head into the 2012 NFL Draft, the question of which player the Buccaneers might be targeting next week might have been made more clear this afternoon according to one report. ESPN is citing Scott Reynolds’ report from the Pewter Report, which suggests that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to trade troubled CB Aqib Talib. This should come as no surprise. At the very least as Talib faces a felony trial in Texas in June, at the very least he could face a serious suspension from the NFL and at the worst, head off to jail.
The question is, which team would be foolish enough to trade for Talib? The Buccaneers are being controlled now by rookie head coach Greg Schiano and he has made no bones about the fact that the atmosphere around the Buccaneers is going to have to change. Schiano released S Tanard Jackson last week and in the team’s first offseason workout, moved veteran CB Ronde Barber into the safety position as an experiment.
Tampa Bay might try as they might in order to trade Talib prior to the upcoming draft, but there should be no suitors for the talented but tarnished corner. The only possibility of trading Talib might come after the draft, his trial and after the league office decides what to do in regards to Talib’s possible punishment.
This report from Mr. Reynolds confirms earlier reports suggesting that the Buccaneers are targeting CB Morris Claiborne in next week’s draft. Talib is heading into the final season of his rookie contract and is slated to earn $1.8 million dollars in 2012 if he remains with the Buccaneers. Tampa selected CB Eric Wright at the start of free agency this offseason.