Report: Bucs planning to take Aqib Talib to training camp

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be an interesting team to follow once the lockout ends because they quickly emerged as an exciting and young club in 2010 when they surprised many by winning 10 games.

With such young talent, can the Buccaneers make improvements in a stacked NFC South Division? That depends largely on how the young players improve. It will also be interesting to see if one of the club’s best young players on defense is still around. Cornerback Aqib Talib is facing a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly firing shots at the boyfriend of his sister in a domestic dispute in Texas that also entangled Talib’s mother.

Talib is no stranger to trouble. He was already disciplined by the NFL for slugging a cab driver in Florida. He’s also cut open a teammate’s head by swinging a helmet as a weapon in practice. He hasn’t been able to rein in his emotions and it’s cost him.

Talib doesn’t face trial in Texas until March, and Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that Talib is prepared to attend training camp with the team. That flies directly in the face of a report from Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times this spring which indicated the Bucs would cut Talib as soon as possible “barring a last-minute change of heart.”

The Bucs haven’t said publicly what they are going to do, but La Canfora cites sources that Talib is OK for the 2011 season, at least. The question could be whether or not Talib is disciplined by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for this season. There is precedent for players being disciplined before a case goes to trial, especially repeat offenders. Goodell could get to Talib before the law does.

Then again, maybe the Bucs have had enough as Stroud previously reported.

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