TAMPA Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano doesn't like to waste time refuting trade rumors, but made an exception Wednesday after an internet report suggested the team was shopping cornerback Aqib Talib.
"Only because there are some extenuating circumstances, I am going to comment on that,'' Schiano said. "Because there is a history with Aqib, I can tell you is there is absolutely zero thinking on our part as far as wanting to do that.
"I want him to be a Buc. I understand there were issues before I arrived. I do know that. And I'm not naïve to the fact that some of those are a heck of a lot bigger than just playing football."
Talib, in the last year of his contract, is scheduled to stand trial in June for his role in a March 2011 shooting incident in Garland, Texas, in which police said he pistol whipped and fired shots at his sister's boyfriend. Charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Talib faces a possible jail sentence or NFL suspension.
"I am really hopeful that that clears itself up," Schiano said, "because since I met him for the first time he's done everything I've asked. He's practiced well and prepared well and treated me well.
"So, I don't know how all that got started, but, no, there's no truth to that.''