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Report: Buccaneers trying to trade Aqib Talib

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer
For now, it seems Talib will stay in Tampa Bay. (US Presswire)
Wednesday seems to be the day that top-notch cornerbacks are going on the trade market.

Already, we told you about Asante Samuel and how the Eagles supposedly are interested in trying to trade him away. Now, we hear word that the Buccaneers feel the same way about Aqib Talib.

The Pewter Report is advising that the Buccaneers are trying to rid themselves of Talib, but, so far, have found no suitors.

The news isn't altogether surprising. Talib is facing an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon trial, and there were plenty of rumblings last year that Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik wanted to release him once the lockout was over.

But apparently former coach Raheem Morris talked him out of the idea, and Talib went on to have a mixed 2011 season, ranking 28th among the 109 cornerbacks rated by Pro Football Focus. But quarterbacks didn't seem to find much difficulty connecting with receivers who were covered by Talib. They had a quarterback rating of 109.8 while throwing six touchdown passes (tied for fifth-most allowed by the corners ranked by PFF).

And now that Greg Schiano is in charge, it makes sense that he wouldn't want to deal with Talib's baggage.

Of course, this attempt to trade away Talib isn't exactly what Schiano was talking about less than two months ago when he was asked about his troubled cornerback.

"I had a great meeting with him and we just kind of talked about life for a little bit,'' Schiano said. "I know there's been some things in the past. But at the end of the day, the legal stuff that's going on right now, hopefully that will get resolved. He tells me it will.

"Then from there, we're just going to go. Every guy on this football team will know our expectations. There won't be any, ‘Well, I thoughts.' I think most of the time, frustration comes out as the result of unfulfilled expectations, my frustration and theirs. So if you make the expectations clear, then discipline really isn't discipline, it's a choice. You knew if you did this, everything is cool and if you don't, there's going to be consequences. That, to me, is not that complicated. But you have to make sure you're very, very clear on what it is your expectations are.”

For now, though, it doesn't seem Talib is drawing much interest on the trade market, so Schiano will need to continue being “very, very clear” on his expectations for Talib if the two are going to get along in 2012.

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