TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Defensive back Aqib Talib #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks to intercept a pass against the Houston Texans during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Well, that will be it for Aqib Talib this year. The star cornerback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be placed on Injured Reserve, as he;s struggled with hamstring injuries the past weeks. Talib had a disappointing first half of the season, but had a terrific pair of games against the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans, shutting down Greg Jennings and Nate Washington in consecutive games. Since then he has not been able to stay on the field, however.
This could be the last we see of Aqib Talib as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, as the talented cornerback has repeatedly gotten into trouble over the years. He will go to trial in March for an incident involving a handgun - he has been charged with Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon. If he's convicted, he will be cut immediately. Even if the's not convicted, a new coach could make a statement and release Talib anyway. Chances are that Talib's days in Tampa Bay are over.
Here's what is baffling to me, though: the Bucs signed Jovan Haye to replace Aqib Talib. Jovan Haye has played one game this year, but had some productive season with the Bucs from 2006 to 2008. However, the Bucs have had immense troubles at cornerback this season, but now will have to turn to E.J. Biggers as their starter and Elbert Mack as their third cornerback. You will see Elbert Mack trying to stop Julio Jones or Roddy White in the season finale against the Atlanta Falcons. Good luck with that.