Aqib Talib Arrested: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Take Another Hit on Defense

Tanner FlowersCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2009

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 19: Cornerback Aqib Talib #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers returns an interception against the Seattle Seahawks at Raymond James Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay's starting cornerback Aqib Talib has been arrested on suspicion of simple battery and resisting arrest without violence.

Allegedly, Talib attacked a cab driver Wednesday night in St. Petersburg, FL. When state troopers arrived, Talib refused to get out of the taxi. It has been reported that Talib was drunk at the time.

This is a huge setback to the Buccaneers' defense. After the four game suspension of safety Tanard Jackson earlier this week, Tampa is now missing two starters from a secondary that needs physical players like Jackson and Talib in the lineup.

While it has not come down yet, I assure you that Talib will be suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for this most recent transgression.

For those that don't remember, this isn't Talib's first time on the league's radar. Last year at the rookie symposium, Talib got in a fight during a meeting.

With the change in Tampa from Monte Kiffin's Tampa-2 defense to Jim Bates' press coverage, the Bucs were relying on bigger, more physical players like Talib and Jackson in the secondary.

Talib was supposed to start all year and continue his development as a corner in the NFL. Last year, Talib had 23 tackles and four interceptions. His best games came in the first half of the year, and he needed to develop consistency. But the raw talent was there.

Ronde Barber is still the leader of this defense and the No. 1 corner on the team, but changes in defensive and drafting strategy have shown that the Bucs are moving away from their Super Bowl era.

Talib was an off-the-field question mark even before he was drafted. While at Kansas, it was reported that Talib tested positive for marijuana.There were also some questions about his character after the combine.

But Talib wasn't the first questionable character that the Bucs drafted. In 1995, Tampa took Warren Sapp in the first round despite questions about his use of marijuana. Sapp fell down some draft boards.

That worked out all right for the Bucs, didn't it?

Whatever the issue, the Bucs must hope that Talib will take his time off and learn from this. Especially this year, Tampa needs Talib on the field developing, not at home watching.

Tell me what you think. How much will the Bucs' defense miss Talib should he be suspended? Are you worried about the character of this team? Is character more important or scrutinized if the team is losing?