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He said the deal, which landed his team a fourth-round pick in 2013 in exchange for Talib and a 2013 seventh-round pick, was motivated by what is best for the organization.
"Just like any move we make, we put a lot of thought into everything we do, and at the end of the day, our main motivation, our sole motivation is what's best for the organization," Schiano said. "With all factors considered, we had an opportunity to make a trade and be compensated in some way, a fourth-round pick. At the end of the day, when we did all of the comparisons and different things, we think this is what's best for the Tampa Bay Bucs moving forward. That's really, like I've told you guys, every decision is made with the same criteria."
Schiano added that this was a move that is best for the organization not just in the future, but the present as well. He noted that he was appreciative of Talib's time in Tampa during his tenure as the head coach.
"I appreciate, the time that I was here, other than this incident that happened when he was suspended, I enjoyed really coaching Aqib," Schiano said. "And for me, he's done a -- he worked his tail off. Everybody didn't play great at times. I didn't coach great at times. But as far as what he did for us while I was here, and I've said it many times, I'm not naive to what happened before, I do appreciate it and I wish him well going forward."
The first-year head coach said Talib's recent four-game suspension (which has one game remaining) was not the only factor leading into the trade.
"I think there's never any decision that is this or that, everything is coupled together," Schiano continued. "Plus the opportunity that presented itself, so it all factored in. I wouldn't say there's any one thing that made or didn't make the decision."