Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to wait until after NFL draft for Aqib Talib's trial

PALM BEACH — Whether CB Aqib Talib is allowed to play next season or not, the Bucs believe they will be covered.

Talib's trial in Texas for assault with a deadly weapon has been moved again, this time to June 25, according to his attorney, Frank Perez. Originally scheduled for March 26, Talib's court date has changed twice in a week and is now well past the start of the NFL draft April 26.

If convicted, Talib would likely face another league suspension. He was suspended the first game of 2010 for assaulting a St. Petersburg cab driver in August 2009.

GM Mark Dominik indicated Monday the Bucs are prepared to move on without Talib. They have signed Lions free agent CB Eric Wright, Ronde Barber is returning for a 16th season and with the No. 5 overall pick the Bucs might be able to select LSU CB Morris Claiborne.

"Part of the reason why we have Eric Wright here is to be able to play starting corner for us," Dominik said. "I look at Ronde Barber. We don't know what the draft is going to bring yet and we do have a bunch of young guys with (Anthony) Gaitor, (Myron) Lewis, (E.J.) Biggers. Those players are still on the team to find out exactly how they fit in.''

Dominik said of Talib's trial: "You've got to look it almost like it could be a career-threatening injury or he might be okay."

Meanwhile, Perez said Talib is eager to get the matter behind him before the season starts.

LIKELY DONE WITH FREE AGENCY: The Bucs committed $140.5 million to free agents in the first two days of the signing period by locking up former Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, ex-Saints G Carl Nicks and Wright.

Tampa Bay still is nearly $20 million under the salary cap. But Dominik said a good portion will go to the rookie salary pool, re-signing franchise K Connor Barth and possibly be rolled over into 2013 to lock up players such as QB Josh Freeman.

NO EXTRA PICKS FOR BUCS: About half of the teams received compensatory picks in the 2012 draft, but the Bucs were not among them.

The loss of LB Barrett Ruud and RB Cadillac Williams to free agency in 2011 was offset by the performance and salary of P Michael Koenen.

NOT A CONSIDERATION: It was never going to be Tim Tebow time in Tampa Bay. Dominik said the Bucs' faith in Freeman prevented the franchise from considering the Heisman Trophy winner out of Florida. "We weren't in on it," Dominik said. "No disrespect to (Tebow) … We have confidence in our young guy."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have to wait until after NFL draft for Aqib Talib's trial 03/26/12 [Last modified: Monday, March 26, 2012 8:51pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays have their chances, but end up with another loss (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The litany of games the Rays have given away this season is long enough, arguably too lengthy. So the only way to get to the postseason is make up for some of those losses by grabbing some wins when the opportunity is presented, especially at this time of year when the margin is diminished and the stakes …

    Associated Press
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    You wonder if the scouting reports and/or workload are catching up to rookie RHP Jake Faria. The bottom line wasn't bad again, three runs in 51/3 innings, but he's having to work harder to get there.

  3. Rays journal: Chris Archer eager for eventful final stretch

    The Heater

    TORONTO — RHP Chris Archer takes the mound today for the Rays as they head into the final 40 games of the season with little margin for error as they battle for an American League playoff spot.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) takes a moment on the mound in the second inning of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  4. Tim Tebow's slump continues, as does fan support


    CLEARWATER — On July 29, playing against the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Tim Tebow smacked a mammoth three-run homer, helping the St. Lucie Mets cruise to a 10-3 victory at Charlotte Sports Park.

    St. Lucie’s Tim Tebow, shown Monday at Spectrum Field, struggled at the plate Wednesday against the Threshers.
  5. Rays at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m. Thursday

    The Heater

    Today: at Blue Jays

    4:07, Rogers Centre, Toronto

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Rays info: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: RH Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84)

    JAYS: RH Chris Rowley (1-0, 1.69)