A league source has told PewterReport.com that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made starting cornerback Aqib Talib available via trade. Thus far, there have been no takers. The Bucs offered no comment on whether Talib is in fact on the trading block.
It is unknown what Tampa Bay’s asking price is for Talib, but Bucs general manager Mark Dominik does want additional picks in this year’s draft and has publicly expressed the idea of trading down in the first round in order to try to do so.
Tampa Bay has one pick in every round except for the fourth round, which was sent to Philadelphia last year when the Bucs traded up in the fourth round of the 2011 draft to select tight end Luke Stocker.
What would make attempting to trade Talib difficult is the fact that his trial for aggravated assault with a handgun in Texas has been pushed back to June 25. The original trial date was scheduled for March, and the Bucs were hoping to know Talib’s status prior to the 2012 NFL draft, which begins on April 26.
The concerns about Talib's character are well-deserved. However, if given the right guidance from the coaches in Minnesota, Talib can be steered the right way and stay out of trouble.
Due to the fact that Talib is going to be in trial for aggravated assault, the Vikings may be able to snag him for a third or fourth round pick. Considering the Vikings already have two fourth-round compensation picks, the early fourth-rounder they have doesn't have much value to them.
Talib to the Vikings would greatly benefit this 26th-ranked pass defense. Although they signed Zack Bowman and Cris Carr in the offseason, the Vikings still need plenty of help against the pass. Antoine Winfield is on the wrong side of 30, and Chris Cook is going to be a bit rusty from missing the last 10 games of the season last year. Even if Talib is suspended for a couple of games, he would still be well worth it.
If he gets acquitted from his trial like Cook, he may not miss any games. How does a secondary of Bowman, Winfield, Carr, Talib and Cook sound? Sounds a lot better than being ranked 26th.
By trading for Talib, the Vikings will add some more star power and give the team's secondary an extra jolt. Maybe then, the team won't get torched by Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford six times per year.
The Vikings were in plenty of games last year, but they lost a lot of their leads because of poor secondary play. Talib will give them a better chance of keeping the lead whenever the Vikes are ahead.
The Vikings are in deep trouble. Not only are they in the cellar of the NFC North, but they might not even be in the division next year. There's a great chance they might not stay in Minnesota anymore because of the constant turmoil with their new stadium project.
It's unfortunate to say, but a lot of people involved with the Vikings may not care much about their team staying in Minnesota because of their losing ways.
Although it's a very ignorant way of looking at it, it's true; some fans and government officials just don't want to pay extra for a team that has trouble selling out a playoff game, especially when they can't even make it.
If the Vikings do the right moves in the draft by first selecting Matt Kalil, finding a No. 1 option for Christian Ponder and bringing in some star power via trade, like Talib, maybe the team will play well enough to enter the hearts of the legislatures in Minnesota.