The Aqib Talib saga in Tampa has officially come to an end.
The Buccaneers have traded the suspended and troubled cornerback to the New England Patriots for a fourth round draft in this upcoming NFL Draft. The team also shipped seventh rounder to New England along with Talib.
With Talib now officially gone, his tumultuous tenure in Tampa is now in the rear-view. Bucs fans would have preferred he get to this point and still be in a Bucs uniform, but that simply wasn’t possible and Talib had to go.
Eric Wright, who’s currently appealing his four game suspension, is expected to step up into Talib’s role, as the blueprint was when he signed here this offseason. The Bucs wanted to get a contingency plan in place in case Talib fell off, and that’s exactly what’s happening.
Along with Wright, E.J. Biggers is expected to be bumped up to No. 2 on the depth chart while Leonard Johnson is set to see more time as well.
But the story for now will be that Talib, the Bucs 2008 first round draft pick, has not been able to fully develop into the guy Tampa wanted. This move would have been made last year, albeit without the draft pick involved, had Raheem Morris not stuck up for the corner.
For those upset about Talib’s exit from Tampa, he’s had ample time to shape up. From Raheem Morris putting his job on the line for him to Greg Schiano giving him one final chance, Talib has stayed in Tampa much longer than anyone else would have.
But he’s gone now, and this team is moving forward. This was a necessary move as Talib was likely not going to return next season, so at the very least the Bucs got a draft pick to try and do what they failed to do last year: get adequate depth at cornerback and find a long term replacement for Aqib Talib.