When the Bucs on Monday placed cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury, it was more than just a routine transaction. Although it was rather apparent Talib might be headed to I.R. given his inability to play for most of the past three weeks, there’s a bigger context here.
Talib’s season-ending injury could be the first in a series of dominoes to fall that would leave the Tampa Bay secondary looking awfully different next season.
Let’s take a closer look at why and how:
For one, Talib’s future, as has been well-documented, is uncertain, at best. Talib not only has been placed on injured reserve two seasons in a row, he also faces a trial in March in Texas where he’ll face a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a shooting incident in Garland. Talib faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.
Unless Talib walks away unscathed, it’s reasonable to think his return to Tampa Bay is a long shot. If he does, he has one year re...