By: Justin PawlowskiBy Justin Pawlowski

“Trust us”

That was a phrase uttered by Greg Schiano when he was finally fed up with the questions regarding Aqib Talib’s latest mistake.

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We, as fans, had no idea how to take that wording.

Is Aqib Talib really a better citizen behind the scenes?

Do the Buccaneers know something about this “one adderall pill” that we do not?

Has Talib’s “Buccaneer Man” status completely clouded the judgement of their fearless leader?

Perhaps the Bucs brass knew that the clock was ticking on Talib as a Buccaneer and they just needed a little more time to find a taker sucker.

Enter the New England Patriots.

The Patriots have given numerous players a chance to resurrect their careers in New England.  Randy Moss and Corey Dillon extended their careers because of the opportunities that Bill Belichick granted them.  Much like what he had with Greg Schiano, Talib will get a clean slate with the Patriots.

So, what did you think the Buccaneers would get for the much maligned and much troubled Aqib Talib?  A 7th round pick?  A 6th round pick?  No higher than a 5th round pick, right?

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The Buccaneers shipped Aqib Talib and a 7th round pick in 2013 to the Patriots for the Patriots 4th round selection in 2013.

A naive fan would see a 4th round pick as the compensation and say the Bucs did not get enough in return.  Well, those fans would be wrong.

When the Bucs traded back with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2012 NFL draft and selected Mark Barron, their compensation for doing that was a 4th round selection.  That 4th round selection was then flipped around along with the Bucs 2nd round pick to the Broncos for their 1st and 4th round selections.  That 1st round pick turned into the leading rookie rusher in the NFL this season, Doug Martin.

If you thought the Buccaneers were done wheeling and dealing on draft weekend, you would’ve been wrong.  Without a 2nd round pick, Mark Dominik packaged the Buccaneers’ 3rd round pick and that irrelevant 4th round pick to move back into the 2nd round and select the draft’s most impactful linebacker to this point in the season, Lavonte David.

Now that we understand what a single 4th round pick can do, we need to take into consideration what the Buccaneers just did.  Aqib Talib had completely worn out his overlong welcome.  The Bucs ownership, front office, and coaching staff knew he had and was going to go, but could they find someone to give them some compensation?

For Mark Dominik to retrieve a 4th round pick for a player on a suspension and becoming a free agent at the conclusion of the season is very impressive.

Along with the compensation, the message has now been sent to the entire organization.  The Buccaneers will no longer tolerate what Raheem Morris tolerated far too long.  If your toes are not on the line at all times, your ass will be with another organization.

This message was sent loud and clear to the players, to the fans, to the community, and to the rest of the NFL.

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