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Greg Schiano on Aqib Talib: 'I want him to be a Buc'



It was reported today that the Bucs have made unsuccessful attempts to trade starting cornerback Aqib Talib, something that our sources indicated wasn't true.

Now, Greg Schiano is shooting down the rumor.

"Only because there's some extenuating circumstance, I'm going to comment," Schiano said. "Usually I won't. In this day and age, with all the blogs and everything, if I commented on every speculation, it would be an everyday task.

"All I can tell you is that there is absolutely zero thinking on our part as far as wanting to do that. 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. But 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."

Thing is, even if the Bucs were trying to move Talib, it likely would be a fruitless endeavor.

Given that Talib is scheduled to stand trial in Texas in June for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, there's almost no chance a team would part with anything of value for the troubled fifth-year player. Talib could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, but his legal team remains confident he can emerge with a favorable outcome.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:52pm]


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