But Schiano and the rest of the Bucs organization just breathed a sigh of relief on Monday.
As first reported by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Talib's attorney, Frank Perez, said that the felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon against Talib has been dismissed by the state of Texas. Talib was scheduled to stand trial for his charge on June 25.
"We felt strongly the whole time that this would be resolved in Aqib's favor,'' Perez told the Times on Monday. "He's very excited he can resume his career and have a fresh start with no problems.''
Talib was arrested last offseason after allegedly firing shots at his sister's ex-boyfriend, Shannon Billings.
Perez said that the state dropped the case because the prosecutor's chief witness was not credible.
"The bottom line is that the complainant is sitting in jail as a repeat child molester and has prior cases of the same nature.''
Billings is currently residing in jail after being arrested in March on charges of child indecency and sexual contact with a child.
Perhaps now Talib, who was Tampa Bay's first round pick in 2008, can put his troubled past behind him and focus on football. He is currently in a contract year and it is unclear as to whether or not the Bucs want to keep Talib after this upcoming season. However, Talib has reportedly been a model player and teammate during recent minicamps and appears to be headed in the right direction.
But just because Talib had his case dismissed, it doesn't necessarily mean that he won't face disciplinary action from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Remember, Goodell suspended Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger for four games even though he was acquitted of sexual assault charges a few years ago.
During his four seasons in Tampa Bay, Talib has 161 tackles, 46 passes defensed, 18 interceptions, and three interceptions.
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