It appears as though Aqib Talib's shooting case will continue to drag on through the summer.
Amid speculation that the NFL lockout could end with an agreement between owners and players soon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback's attorney, Frank Perez, met with prosecutors Thursday and another announcement hearing is set for June 30.
Talib, 25, was indicted for assault with a deadly weapon for his role in a shooting in Garland, Texas March 21. The case has not been set for trial.
"We are still discussing the case,'' Perez said in a text to the Times Thursday.
Talib has two problems with respect to resuming his football career. First, there is the legal matter. The second degree felony carries as maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Then there is the possibility of sanctions from the NFL. Talib was suspended for one game last season for assaulting a cab driver in 2009. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said players who violate the personal conduct policy during the work stoppage will be subject to discipline once the work stoppage ends. Players are asking that no discipline be given to players who violated the personal conduct policy during the lockout.