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Morris indicates 'common ground,' with GM over decision to keep Talib



Coach Raheem Morris indicated there was ‘common ground,’ among the Bucs owners and general manager Mark Dominik to keep cornerback Aqib Talib on the team following his arrest for a shooting incident last March in Garland, Texas. 

Morris was responding to a Yahoo Sports story, citing a team source, which said Dominik and management was ready to cut ties with Talib after his arrest. But the NFL lockout prevented transactions and provided Morris with time to make Dominik reverse course.

“In the process, Morris sent a message to his young team that talent trumps character,’’ the story said.

Last April 24, the St. Petersburg Times reported 'barring a last-minute change of heart — or perhaps his exoneration — the Bucs are expected to release troubled cornerback Aqib Talib. Only the lockout, which prevents teams from making transactions, has prevented Tampa Bay from already cutting ties with its 2008 first-round draft pick.'

On Aug. 27, Dominik announced that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had decided Talib would not be suspended for the 2011 season. The league is monitoring the outcome of his trial, scheduled for March 2012.

Talib has had no off-field incidents this season but has been plagued recently by a hamstring injury. He participated in only four plays against Carolina two weeks ago and was inactive in Sunday's 41-14 loss to Jacksonville. Talib has two interceptions, returning both for touchdowns.

Morris was asked Wednesday if he had to convince the Glazer family and Dominik to keep Talib. 

“Generally, you never talk about sources and all that type of stuff,’’ Morris said Wednesday. “Sources usually end up getting fired. What we want to do, is basically talk about the Cowboys. All the decisions will be made between myself and Mark Dominik -- and I messed this up the other day – if your last name begins with G. That’s usually the process that we take. There’s always going to be a common ground between all of us.’’


[Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:03pm]


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