Aqib Talib's Trial Date Pushed Back Until After 2012 NFL Draft

The former KU defensive star is still waiting on his felony travel for aggravated assault.

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Aqib Talib's Trial Date Pushed Back Until After 2012 NFL Draft

It’s the saga that continues to drag on. Former Kansas Jayhawks’ defensive star Aqib Talib has been awaiting trial on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly firing shots at the boyfriend of his sister this past offseason. Now the official word is that the trial will occur in June — after the NFL Draft.

Brad Biggs writes, “Last week, Talib’s trial on charges of assault with a deadly weapon was moved from this week to mid-April. Now, Talib will not stand trial in Dallas County, Texas until June 25. The trial was to be concluded before the NFL draft, giving the Bucs time to decide if Talib’s availability would change the team’s draft plans. Now, the Bucs don’t know if Talib will be potentially suspended by the NFL at the start of the 2012 season.”

Talib is undoubtedly one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks in terms of pure talent, and he’s easily the best option that Tampa Bay has among their secondary. But his drama off the field has plagued him since entering the league. Here’s hoping he can put all of this behind him once it’s over and move forward with his career.

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Has Aqib Talib Played His Last Game For Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed former Kansas Jayhawks star Aqib Talib on injured reserve after the cornerback aggravated a hamstring in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. It’s an injury that Talib has been dealing with since earlier this year and so it’s not that surprising that the Bucs have shut him down.

Brad Biggs of the National Football Post wonders if this also means that his career with Tampa Bay in the greater sense is also over. He writes, “It’s worth wondering if Talib has played the final game of his career with the Bucs. Talib, of course, faces a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly firing shots at the boyfriend of his sister this past offseason. The court case is expected to proceed after this season is over.”

While drama has surrounded Talib in his NFL career, it’s also clear that he’s among the most talented ballhawks in the league. If Pacman Jones and his on-paper results can continually find work, Talib will have no problem staying a force for some defense as long as he’s legally able to play.

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Former Jayhawk Aqib Talib To Meet With NFL Commish Tuesday

A meeting with Roger Goodell is never a good thing, especially if you’re an NFL player with drama surrounding his life. But Aqib Talib must go through the motions if he expects to put the drama of his latest arrest behind him.

The former Kansas Jayhawk is easily the most talented corner on the Tampa Bay Bucs roster, but he’s also the most unpredictable. The latest incident happened this offseason where he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a Class 2 Felony. Thus far, the Bucs have stuck with their man rather than outright release him, so now they have to hope Goodell is lenient.

Adam Schefter reports both good and bad news from his sources, saying that Talib’s side says they have a great defense to provide Goodell, but that a “lengthy suspension” awaits Talib on the other side of all of this. Tomorrow’s meeting will go a long way toward determining the punishment.

Michael David Smith over at PFT brings up a good point. “Talib’s lawyers are urging the NFL to give him the presumption of innocence, but the league’s stance in recent years has been that the presumption of innocence is something a defendant gets in the court of law, not in the court of Goodell.”

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Former Kansas Jayhawk Aqib Talib To Receive Indictment For Gun Charges Friday

A grand jury in Texas is expected to indict Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib on Friday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reports Rick Stroud of TampaBay.com. The charge, a second-degree felony which carries a prison term of 2-20 years in Texas, stems from an incident on March 21 wherein the former Kansas Jayhawk “attempted to pistol whip and later fired gunshots at his sister’s boyfriend, Shannon Billings.”

The grand jury saw evidence about the incident during a Wednesday hearing, and though the official word will not come down until Friday, a source Stroud cites indeed says Talib will be indicted.

Talib, 25, forewent his senior season at Kansas to enter the 2008 NFL Draft, where the Bucs made him the 20th overall selection. In his three-year career, he’s recorded 15 interceptions, ranking him sixth in the league during that span. In his final season at Kansas, he ranked second in the Big 12 with five interceptions and first in the conference in interception return yards. Those impressive stats, and his performance overall, helped make him a consensus All-American.

In short, it’s hard to argue Talib’s talent on the football field. But if these allegations are true, it’s fair to question what’s going on between his ears.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Waiting On Aqib Talib's Legal Proceedings To Play Out

A few days ago, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib was believed to be a future free agent once the NFL’s labor strife lifted. Apparently such assumptions came a bit too early. As Pro Football Weekly confirms, the Bucs are now willing to wait on the legal process to work itself out regarding Talib’s case before proceeding with a verdict of their own.

The official felony charge in Texas stemming from March 21st is “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon” against Talib. Before this, Talib has been in a fistfight with a rookie teammate coming into the league and was also arrested in 2009 for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver. That resulted in a one-game suspension.

Fan responses seem mixed on Talib’s roster status, with some wanting to cut the former Jayhawk and keep him away from the rest of the players, while others want to think harder before dismissing the team’s best defensive back. There’s no denying Talib’s tremendous on-field talents, but how many distractions can such a young team handle? Apparently it will be a while before we know any final word.

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2011 NFL Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Might Be Keeping Former Jayhawk Aqib Talib After All

Let it be said from the outset that talented but troubled cornerback Aqib Talib is still most likely gone from Tampa Bay after the lockout is permanently lifted and teams conduct their business as usual. After numerous legal run-ins, including a most recent arrest in Texas for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Talib has most likely worn out what little welcome he had left with head coach Raheem Morris. Yet the Bucs activity in the NFL draft show at least leave a bit of light for the possibility of Talib’s return.

To this point in the draft, the Bucs have yet to seek any help in the defensive backfield, even as they’re choosing defensive players. Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers have been added along the defensive line and linebacker Mason Foster shores up the middle. Yet cornerback remains a need even before Talib’s issues with Ronde Barber’s age a concern. Aside from Talib and Barber, no defensive back had more than one interception (Talib had six).

A recent article from Tom Balog posits that the Bucs’ addition of Adrian Clayborn brings a “Rambo” feel to the defense, and perhaps signals a move away from the character-first approach of the recent past. Certainly Clayborn and Talib are miles apart in comparison of legal issues, but given the lack of help from the NFL Draft, it makes sense to at least question the assumption Talib is gone.

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