Tim Ryan: Cut Aqib Talib, Draft Mo ClaiborneMarch 27th, 2012
When news broke yesterday that Bucs troubled cornerback Aqib Talib had his trial on gun assault charges pushed back to late June, thus sort of putting the Bucs in a pinch about not knowing his 2012 season status prior to the NFL draft, Joe assumed the chances Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik selects LSU cornerback Morris Clairborne with the fifth overall pick all the more likely.
Joe’s assumption is what Tim Ryan wants to see happen.
The former Bears defensive tackle and current co-host along with Pat Kirwan on one of the most intelligent football shows in the free world, “Movin’ the Chains,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio, touched base with eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune and suggested Dominik should do his organization a favor and just cut Talib now and wash their hands of his never-ending drama.
Speaking Monday at the start of the league’s annual spring meeting, Ryan said the Bucs can no longer count on Talib, who faces a trial [June 25] in Texas on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
“You can’t trust Talib — his behavior pattern tells you that,” said Ryan, who also co-hosts “Movin’ the Chains” on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “Even if he gets acquitted, you can’t trust him. How many opportunities has he had? It’s time to wave goodbye. He’s one of the most talented corners in this league, but you can’t control him. When it gets to crunch time, he reacts with poor judgment.”
Joe has a hunch the Bucs won’t cut Talib. Sure, if he pleads out, or worse, is found guilty, Talib also will have to stand in front of the court of NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell to face a suspension, since Talib is a repeat offender in the eyes of the league.
How many games Talib will be suspended — unless he is found innocent — remains to be seen. Given the fact that the 2012 season is Talib’s last under his current contract, Joe’s hunch is Dominik will take as many games as he can get from Talib, and then let him walk after the season.