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Bucs Haven’t Decided on Fate of Talib

Cornerback Aqib Talib is prepared to attend training camp with the Buccaneers after the end of the NFL lockout and is expected to remain with the team for the immediate future — and most likely throughout the 2011 season according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.

The Bucs have closely monitored Talib’s legal issues — police in Garland, Texas, charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, stemming from a March 21 domestic incident — but haven’t been unable to directly deal with him because of the lockout’s non-contact rules.

Soon after Talib’s arrest, reports emerged that the Bucs would release him. But according to sources, team hasn’t made a decision on the cornerback’s future and hasn’t set a timetable to do so. There’s every expectation that he’ll be with the team whenever the 2011 league year begins.

The Bucs haven’t made any recent public statements about Talib, instead deciding to wait on decisions by the courts and the NFL before making any determination about whether or not to cut ties with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Talib’s trial isn’t scheduled until March 2012, and sources with knowledge of the case said the level of evidence and nature of the testimony against the 25-year-old might work in his favor.


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