Bucs issue statement on Aqib Talib

March, 29, 2011
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have issued a statement on the Aqib Talib situation.

It was very short, but it was about two sentences longer than anyone was expecting, because teams aren’t supposed to comment on players during the lockout.

"We are deeply troubled by the serious charges filed against Aqib Talib,’’ general manager Mark Dominik said. “Due to current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action."

I don’t think the league’s going to crack down on Dominik for making that brief comment. It at least acknowledges the Bucs are troubled by this situation. I think the Bucs will have a lot more to say about Talib as soon as the lockout is over.

As I said in this previous post, I think the Bucs should go ahead and cut all ties with Talib the moment the lockout ends. They've got some other options at cornerback. They have veteran Ronde Barber and some promising young players in E.J. Biggers, Elbert Mack and Myron Lewis and they could look to add to the position in the draft. Talib is a marvelous talent, but he's not worth all the problems that have followed him throughout his career.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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