Bucs Wouldn’t Feel Pinch Of Releasing Aqib Talib

March 29th, 2011

In a bold, thoughtful and compelling post, Pat Yasinskas, working for the Disney syndicate better known as BSPN, seems to agree with Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune that the Bucs should rid themselves of the perpetual legal headache that Aqib Talib seems to have become.

Yasinskas spells out how cutting Talib wouldn’t be much of a pinch at all financially for the Bucs, and the saved cash could be used to bolster other positions on the defense, including cornerback.

And there’s one other reason why it would be easy to simply cut Talib — and don’t underestimate the importance of this. It would be financially painless.

Talib presently is scheduled to earn $1,653,750 in base salary in 2011. He’s also got escalator and incentive clauses that could boost his $1,852,5000 base salary in 2012. At the moment, his scheduled salary-cap figure for 2011 is $1,953,750.

If the Bucs cut Talib, they take a $600,000 cap hit for outstanding signing-bonus proration, but they would free up $1,353,750 in salary-cap space.

Joe really didn’t factor in the financial ramifications of turning loose Talib — who is now cooperating with authorities — for his multiple violent transgressions.

Two things we all have to wait on to see what the Bucs do with Talib, if anything. One of course is if Texas authorities charge Talib with anything. Second will be the new CBA. Until the CBA is signed, Talib’s spot with the Bucs is safe.

14 Responses to “Bucs Wouldn’t Feel Pinch Of Releasing Aqib Talib”

  1. Buc Neckid Says:

    “Free up Salary Cap Space”

  2. Joe Says:

    Buc Neckid:

    Good catch. There hasn’t been a salary cap for over a year. Very possible there won’t be one this season either.

  3. Kelly Says:

    Too funny Joe. I love your sarcasm. The Bucs haven’t been worried about a salary cap ceiling in 7 years. …Yasinskas is a waste.

    If they replace Talib with a decent second tier free agent, that’ll still cost them more than Talib’s low salary for the next season. Duh.

  4. Joe Says:


    Honestly, Joe thought this was interesting insight and them — bam! — Buc Neckid brought Joe back to reality: There is no salary cap!

    For once Joe wasn’t trying to be a smartarse and look what it gets him? :(

  5. JDouble Says:

    Why on Earth would we just release him? Im sure we could get something in return if we wait and trade him.

    Personally I think if we luck out this time and he doesn’t get charged with anything…we should still trade him asap. The kid is a numbskull. It’s only a matter of time.

  6. Joe Says:


    Why on Earth would we just release him? Im sure we could get something in return if we wait and trade him.

    Well, given the fact that Santonio Holmes, who people knew was coming back, could only garner a late-fifth round pick, not sure what if anything the Bucs could get for him. If Dominik starts shopping him around, teams will know the Bucs are trying to unload him and, with his tremendous baggage (Holmes was only popped for pot), would only get slightly more than a warm bucket of spit in return.

    If Talib is charged this week, teams will be pretty confident Goodell will suspend him and then Talib will be virtually untradeable.

  7. Architek79 Says:

    Cut your losses and focus on the future. There is only one dumb owner that knowingly sign troubled players to feed their ignorant habits and that’s Jerry Jones of your Dallas Cows. Talib is even worse than Bryant because he’s violent. Bryant is just an idiot.

  8. JDouble Says:

    Joe….if he makes it out of this with no charges like I said he will get is a 2nd or 3rd. Even if was a 7th it would be better than nothing at all.

  9. Bucco Bruce Says:

    Look the fact is you can’t spin gold out of poo. You just need to wipe, flush, and move on. Sure it’s a loss but you will feel much better afterwards.

  10. Joe Says:


    Well, arrest warrant issued for Aqib Talib, felony charges. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    He’s looking at time behind bars now.

    Nobody will trade for him now.

  11. BamBamBuc Says:

    Things to think about….

    Big Ben had the charges against him dropped, and he still got suspended for 4 games. Even if these charges don’t hold against Talib, he’s looking at a suspension. It’s about upholding the “image of the NFL”, and this is not the image they wish to portray. If the charges hold up, we won’t have to worry about suspension as he’ll be in jail for most of the NFL life he has left. I doubt we can trade him to anyone, so it’s basically a loss.

    With no cap and no floor, the Bucs don’t have to spend money on a big name guy, but they do need to replace a HUGE loss of talent. With both Jackson and Talib gone from the secondary, we’ve lost a load of depth and a load of talent. The guys have stepped up very well, but having backups play well just means the depth is non-existent. If there is a new CBA and a new salary floor, the team will be forced to spend big money, and the top CB in the league should be sought after to take some of that salary. Is it the top need? No, but what’s the bigger loss? Ruud to the LBs or Talib to the CBs? We could spend big in FA on a LB or DE, but we aren’t losing big talent at either of those positions and could even retain Ruud with the right contract. Re-signing Ruud and Joseph would still leave us WAY below the new cap floor (assuming a new CBA and a football season exists). Even adding the top DE in FA still leaves us under the potential salary floor. If the new agreement includes the same terminology as the last offer, the floor would be at 90% of the cap for all teams for 3 years.

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  13. Cannon Says:

    Sigh… and so, an area of strength (our secondary) is turned into an area of weakness.

  14. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Buc Neckid Says:

    March 29th, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    “Free up Salary Cap Space”

    LOL…that was the first thing that came to my mind too. Even if there were a cap, it wouldn’t make a difference.

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