I feel like there was a certain amount of "good riddance" when the trade was announced, and also a particular story suggesting that we had fleeced the patriots with a 4th round pick. At the time I felt like trading away our top corner, along with the suspension of our #2 would kill our playoff hopes. Now I know that Talib was supposed to be suspended for 4 games anyway, so that was a factor. But The Seahawks also got hit with their top 2 corners suspended due to Adderall. One took the suspension so he could be back by playoffs and one contested it so they had a chance to make the playoffs. We could have done the same sort of thing. But ultimately I didn't feel the same sort of soul crushing sadness by this recent blow out as I did last year, because you just can't play against anyone in this league (much less Drew Brees) without any corners and expect to have success. The offense was obviously pitiful as well, but the snowballing build up to this situation seemed inevitable to me with the trade. Now I would like to know how people feel about the trade from this perspective rather than the perspective at the time of the trade, but I would also like to consider the following. 1. A 4th round pick isn't anything earth shattering, but we saw what Dom was able to do with that extra 4th rounder last year. Based on the perceived success of our drafting the last few seasons is a 4th rounder perhaps worth a bit more than it seems? 2. Why was Talib's suspension reduced the moment he hit the Patriots roster? Wright's wasn't reduced and I haven't heard of any of the other DBs around the league getting reduced suspensions for this either. The reduced suspension of a repeat offender (especially after the off season stuff) seems really, really shady to me, and I haven't heard anyone discuss it. Does anyone know anything about this? 3. Would we have really had a chance to make the playoffs anyway? Or had we reached the high water mark of the season considering all the key injuries, and therefore the trade was really prudent to drop an ongoing problem player. It just seems to me that dropping your top cover guy with no depth behind him in the middle of a possible playoff run is crazy, and the results since have pretty well lived down to my expectations. What do you think Bucs Nation?
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