By Eric Schmidt

Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib has had the felony charges against him in Texas, dropped. Talib was scheduled to appear in Texas court next Monday in Dallas County but he learned on Monday that the district attorney has dismissed the case. Talib’s attorney believes that the lead witness in the case has credibility issues.

The charges against Talib stemmed from a complaint that he pistol whipped and fired shots at the live-in boyfriend of his sister, Shannon Billings. Billings is currently in jail on repeat sex offender charges.

This comes as good news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which will now have Talib on the field for the 2012 season. The cornerback was facing potentially up to 20 years in prison if he was found guilty. However, there is still the potential for a possible suspension from the NFL league office.

This now gives the Buccaneers some stability in their defensive backfield moving forward. Eric Wright should start opposite Talib at the other corner position while Ronde Barber and Mark Barron will likely start at the two safety positions.

Aqib Talib is entering the final year of his rookie contract, playing for $1.8 million this season and is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. There had been no talks with Talib about a contract extension because of the legal situation handing over his head. It is possible that Tampa Bay might open a dialogue with his agent in order to offer up a contract extension.




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