A report broke this morning from Pewter Report that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were attempting to trade troubled cornerback Aqib Talib. The Buccaneers however have denied this report, stating that Talib is not on the trading block and the Bucs want him to be part of the team.
"I understand there's been issues before I arrived. I'm not naive to that. And I understand that some of those are a heck of a lot bigger than playing football. But I am really hopeful that that clears itself up," said Schiano. "Since I met him for the first time, he's done everything I've asked. He's practiced well and he's prepared well. I try not to judge people other than (by) how they treat me, and he's treated me well. I don't know how all that got started, but no, there's no truth to that."
It's not uncommon for a team to deny the rumors of a player being on the trade block, but with the case of Talib, it's not likely they were going be able to fetch anything. Talib is facing assault charges that if convicted, could see him face up to 20 years in prison.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began offseason workouts on Tuesday with their brand new coaching staff. The Bucs brought back veteran cornerback Ronde Barber for one more season, but he might not be playing cornerback for the Bucs once the 2012 NFL Season starts. In the first day of workouts, the Bucs tried Barber out at safety according to the Tampa Bay Times.
"That's one of those (experiments)," new head coach Greg Schiano told the Tampa Bay Times after practice. "I think Ronde can certainly do it and did a good job (Tuesday). How do we get the best 11 on the field?''
The Buccaneers signed cornerback Eric Wright to a long term contract in the offseason and are thought to be a potential landing spot for LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne in the 2012 NFL Draft, so it's possible Barber could provide safety depth by cross training or even start if necessary.