Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano denies reports about trading cornerback Aqib Talib

TAMPA — Bucs coach Greg Schiano shot down an online report Wednesday that indicated the team is interested in trading CB Aqib Talib.

"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."

PewterReport.com did not say what the team would seek in return for Talib.

"All I can tell you is there is absolutely zero thinking on our part as far as wanting to (trade Talib)," Schiano said. "I want him to be a Buc. I understand there's been issues before I arrived. And I understand that some of those are a heck of a lot bigger than playing football. But I am really hopeful that clears itself up.

"Since I met him, 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."

The team has been experimenting with veteran CB Ronde Barber at safety, a move that could strain the current lineup of cornerbacks.

One reason Talib is almost certain to remain in the short term: his June 25 trial in Texas on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, for which he faces 20 years in prison.

BLOUNT BACKS OFF: RB LeGarrette Blount still doesn't see a need for the team to draft Alabama RB Trent Richardson, but he says he would welcome him as a teammate.

Asked earlier this month by CBSSports.com how he would react if the Bucs drafted Richardson, Blount said, "I would not like that pick. I would definitely not be happy with that pick."

Blount toned it down Wednesday.

"It was just a comment," he said. "There's nothing for anybody to read too deep into. There's nothing I would want to explain. I'd welcome him as a teammate. I've met the guy before. He's not a bad kid. But at the same time, like I said, I'd welcome anything that helps the team get better."

WHERE'S DEZ? Teams cannot punish players for missing voluntary offseason workouts. But it has not gone unnoticed that WR Dezmon Briscoe, for the second straight day, did not attend minicamp.

Schiano did not criticize Briscoe, 22, the only player under contract who has failed to attend.

"I had people check to make sure he was okay," Schiano said of Briscoe, who caught a team-high six touchdowns last season. "I'm not going to call on the phone and say, 'Where are you?' If someone's missing, it's a shame because it's hurting the team. But there's reasons sometimes."

Briscoe said Wednesday that he's having personal issues but will be back with the team Monday.

Internet sites have reported a Twitter spat between Briscoe's current girlfriend, reality TV star Royce Reed, and Briscoe's ex-girlfriend Christina Nero, the mother of his son. Nero and Reed have had numerous posts this week, including Nero saying she and Briscoe have been involved in a relationship unbeknownst to Reed.

Reed, who is on VH1's Basketball Wives, and Briscoe have dated since 2011. Briscoe joined the Bucs in 2010 after being drafted by the Bengals that year.

I'LL BE READY: DT Gerald McCoy, participating in noncontact drills because of his surgically repaired right biceps, said he would be 100 percent by the start of training camp.

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