Posted by Will Brinson
It wouldn't be the most shocking news in the world if Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib ended up suspended by the NFL to start 2011, or even if he ended up getting dumped by the Bucs as soon as the lockout ends.
There were plenty of reports to that extent following Talib's arrest on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges (not to mention his mother's involvement as well). But according to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, Tampa Bay won't end up cutting the talented-but-troubled defensive back.
LaCanfora also cites sources who believe that when Talib's March 2012 trial rolls around "the level of evidence and nature of the testimony against the 25-year-old might work in his favor."
Then there's the disciplinary end of things: though Roger Goodell has said the league will enforce the personal conduct policy, there's absolutely no guarantee that the NFL will have power over issues relating to off-field behavior that occurred during the lockout.
And, of course, there's the matter of simply dumping a player who was the 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft and finding someone to replace a cornerback of of Talib's skills on short notice.
It's simply not easy, and given that the league could wait until Talib's trial ends before actually issuing a punishment, gambling on Talib to stay off the radar for a full season of football is a pretty wise move by the Bucs.
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