Aqib Talib Trial Has No Bearing On Mark DominikMarch 27th, 2012
The years-old, fiery, often heated debate among Bucs fans — “Should troubled Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib stay or go?” — arose once again yesterday when his trial on gun-related assault charges was delayed until June.
This episode is just one of many that have surfaced with Talib, seemingly every four to six months, since he was drafted by the Bucs.
At least the man is not boring.
Some — such as Joe — believe the delay of the trial scheduled weeks after the draft raises the stakes that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik will draft LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the fifth overall pick.
But hold up, says Joe’s good friend, “The Commish,” Justin Pawlowski of WQYK-AM 1010. Pawlowski is of the mind that Talib’s status with the long arm of the law in Texas has not now, nor will influence Dominik’s draft board.
I sincerely doubt Aqib Talib’s situation is effecting anything the Buccaneers are doing this off-season. I believe that Talib will be looked at as a luxury if he is with the team and allowed to play in 2012. Mark Dominik has always told me that you can never have enough quality cornerbacks. The Buccaneers have already signed one as a free agent, and I wouldn’t be shocked if another one is drafted in late April either.
This is an interesting thought to Joe. Dominik likely was approaching the 2012 season, prudently, with the thought that Talib would not be available because of his legal hassles, and the shadow of a suspension from NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell looming.
Whatever amount of games Talib suits up for the Bucs in what very well could be his final season with the team (his current contract expires after the 2012 season) is simply gravy on Dominik’s plate of mashed potatoes.