Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano Shuts Down Aqib Talib Trade Rumors

Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 18, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Aqib Talib #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during the NFL International Series match between Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium on October 23, 2011 in London, England. This is the fifth occasion where a regular season NFL match has been played in London.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The reports of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seeking a trade for cornerback Aqib Talib are baseless, as new head coach Greg Schiano responded to the trade talk on Wednesday afternoon.

Bucs fans shouldn't get used to their new sideline general addressing speculation incessantly because Schiano only spoke out due to "extenuating circumstances."

Here's what he had to say about the situation:

"All I can tell you is that there is absolutely zero thinking on our part as far as wanting to do that. I want him to be a Buc. I understand there's been issues before I arrived. I'm not naive to that. And I understand that some of those are a heck of a lot bigger than playing football. 

But I am really hopeful that that clears itself up. Since I met him for the first time, 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. I don't know how all that got started, but no, there's no truth to that."

The message from Schiano is explicit: he sees Talib in orange and pewter in 2012, and doesn't want to consider any alternatives.  If he can clean up his off-field act (he is currently facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon), Talib would figure to be an important part of the Buccaneers' future under Schiano's guidance.  

The team signed cornerback Eric Wright from Detroit this offseason, and is considered a favorite to pursue LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne in the draft.  Nonetheless, Talib's talents could make a major impact on a secondary that struggled massively in 2011.  For now, it looks as though he'll have the chance to do so.