Tampa Bay Buccaneers Boot Aqib Talib To New England
This one makes perfect sense.
Good for Greg Schiano, good for the Bucs, good riddance to the bad apple — Aqib Talib. Now he’s New England’s problem child.
The Buccaneers made the move at the NFL trade deadline Thursday afternoon and dealt the suspended corner to the Patriots. The Bucs sent Talib and a seventh round pick to New England for the Pats’ fourth round pick in next April’s draft.
It was most likely the best option. It was the best option for Schiano, who has put his foot down when it comes to character issues with the Buccaneers. Talib, who many said had mended his ways, has served three of his four game suspension for the use of Adderall, a banned substance he admitted using.
“You’ll have to trust us on this,” Schiano said after Talib’s suspension, leading some to believe that Talib might be welcomed back next week when his suspension ends. But that was not the case. By using the banned substance, Talib put himself before the team and that’s not what Schiano is all about, it’s now what he’ll allow with this new atmosphere at One Buc Place.
It’s a good deal for New England. The Patriots are expected to make a deep run into the playoffs and they need help at corner. Although Talib is a little above average in performance, the AFC East is not packed with big-threat wide receivers, which will make it easier for Talib.
So now he’s gone. The “wild child” of Raheem Morris, the man who could not stay out of trouble.
So long Aqib, good riddance.