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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thinking Long-Term by Trading Aqib Talib

November 1st, 2012 at 11:17 PM
By Wolf Heard

Half a season, eight games, or 32 quarters. No matter how you look at it, that is all Aqib Talib had left in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform.

So the Bucs decided cut the cord and get rid of him early by shipping him off to the New England Patriots just before the trade deadline on Thursday.

Make no mistake about it, this was a move made to improve Tampa Bay's future.

Short-term? Now that's a different conversation.

The Bucs will likely miss Talib, who had 18 career interceptions in his four-plus seasons in Tampa Bay, in the starting lineup during the second half of the season. The Bucs still have to play the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, who have stud wide outs Roddy White and Julio Jones, twice, the New Orleans Saints, and the Denver Broncos just to highlight a few of their tough games.

But at 3-4, the Bucs probably realized that a playoff run this season is unlikely since they are currently ranked tenth in the NFC standings.

Instead, the Bucs opted to make a trade that will help them in the long-term by netting a 2013 fourth-round pick in exchange for Talib and a seventh-round pick.

Don't think a fourth-round pick is worth anything? We would like to remind Bucs fans that Tampa Bay selected wide receiver Mike Williams in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, and used a fourth-round pick to trade up and select running back Doug Martin this year.

So for the rest of the season, the Bucs will have rely on a guy facing a drug suspension (Eric Wright), a former seventh-round pick (E.J.Biggers), a journey-man (Brandon McDonald), a local kid that went undrafted (Leonard Johnson), and a draft bust (Myron Lewis) to slow down opposing receivers.

That may sound bad when put that way, but the Bucs' future is brighter now that Talib is gone.

Tags: Aqib Talib, Football, NFL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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