Aqib Talib: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Really Ready to Release Him?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 25, 2011

It wouldn't make much sense to release Talib.
It wouldn't make much sense to release Talib.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times has sure stirred the Aqib Talib pot, he's basically told us that the Buccaneers are ready to give up on Talib, ready to cut him loose, when they can.

That's a mighty strong premise from the Times beat writer for the Buccaneers. After all, even Talib is presumed innocent until proven guilty although there hasn't been much innocence in Talib's behavior since Bruce Allen drafted him.

Now Stroud isn't giving any sources, nothing to back up his beliefs after making this statement last week:

"Barring a last-minute change of heart — or perhaps his exoneration — the Bucs are expected to release troubled cornerback Aqib Talib."

And this: "they know Talib, at the least, faces a long suspension."

Interesting.

Can't say I buy that, totally. Can't say it at all. Right now, the lockout is the best thing Talib has going for him. Also, one would think that if the Bucs really wanted to say "adios" to their starting corner, they could get something for the guy. Mark Dominik is smart enough to know that, there's always some team that will ignore the behavior and focus on the talent.

Talib DOES have value.

He's also got a year left on his contract.

The logical thing for the Bucs to do would be suck it up and roll with Talib for the 2011 season. Stroud also told us that the Bucs feel Talib will find trouble again, which surely isn't a stretch.

As we've said before, one close observer of Talib said before Allen drafted him that:  "Trouble follows Aqib Talib."

Well, that guy's prediction was most Nostradamus-like.

Now, consider the fact that no one else has come up with something like Stroud and you have to wonder how Dominik and Raheem Morris feel about all of this. There have been no staunch denials of the Stroud story from One Buccaneer Place.

And with the draft upon us, perhaps that will give us a hint of the future for Aqib Talib.

But for now, he's a Buc. It's just a matter of how much longer he will stay a Buc.

But a flat out release?

Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?