Mark Dominik has just finished his first press conference and without coming right out and brazenly declaring it, he let it be know the Bucs plan on retaining Aqib Talib. Though Dominik admitted he was yet to speak with either Talib or his attorney, he did allude to a conversation with Talib’s agent about the corner’s March shooting arrest in Dallas. Dominik didn’t seem concerned, when pressed on the issue of Talib he continued to reiterate that Talib was still a part of the Bucs.
“I expect Aqib Talib to be in Tampa on the first day of training camp.”
I have to say that, though we can’t quite put this to rest, this is pretty much good enough for me. The Bucs are a fairly bright bunch and with the smaller timeframe and the lack of preparation time, cutting your best corner just isn’t the right move to make unless it’s extremely warranted. And in this case, it was pretty clear Mark Dominik didn’t feel it was warranted. Though he left himself some wiggle-room by saying if anything unforeseen came along he may reassess, he also later admitted it was unlikely he’d change his mind.
What he seemed a little more confident about was Roger Goodell’s stance on Talib’s incident and whether it would warrant discipline from the league. Dominik mentioned calling Goodell but said the two were yet to speak. I’m sure they will soon. I’d like to say nothing will happen but I’m confident Goodell will suspend Talib for at least a game.