NFL Trade Speculation: 8 Teams That Should Take a Chance on Aqib Talib

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NFL Trade Speculation: 8 Teams That Should Take a Chance on Aqib Talib
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It's always the talented ones that create the toughest decisions.

Pretend for a second that Aqib Talib was some sixth-round draft pick barely hanging onto a roster spot. Or a mediocre backup who could vanish from the face of pro football without making a ripple.

In that scenario, the aggravated assault charges Talib is currently facing—on top of the 2009 incident when he allegedly punched a cab driver, the 2010 incident when he threatened a ref during a game, and the trio of drug tests he admittedly failed in college—would make it easy for any NFL team to steer clear of the 25-year-old cornerback.

But Talib is good. Very good. He is one of the best cornerbacks in the league, solid in run support and shut-down when covering receivers.

In 11 games last season, he made 40 tackles and intercepted six passes, leading a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that ranked seventh in the league against the pass and ninth in points allowed.

So while the Bucs weigh the pros and cons of keeping their best defensive player, several other teams have to weigh the pros and cons of acquiring Talib and instantly improving their defense.

Even though Talib's trial doesn't start until March 2012, he could be suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before then and miss games next season.

And it should be noted that Talib missed the final four weeks of last season with a torn tendon in his hip—one of the most important body parts for a cornerback. But when he's healthy and suited up, Talib is a game-changer.

Here are eight teams that should take a chance on him:

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