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Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:00 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.19.11: One way to end Jags blackouts



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is giving 225 kids the chance to attend football camp -- for free. There's no truth to the rumors that the Bengals will be in attendance, even though owner Mike Brown says "the price is right." (He didn't really say that, but it wouldn't be much of a stretch if he did.)
  • Add it to the list (via the StarTribune.com): "After months of getting rained on, pounded with packed snow and flattened by heavy equipment used to fix the roof, the Metrodome's artificial turf may have to be replaced before the Vikings resume play there in August, Dome officials said Friday." We're blaming Brett Favre.
  • Good news: Aqib Talib's attorney doesn't expect there to be a quick resolution to his client's felony firearm case. In fact, it could drag on beyond the 2011 season. Bad news: Talib will likely still face disciplinary action from the NFL, and you know Roger Goodell can't wait for the lockout to end so he can't get back to randomly handing out punishments.
  • It will probably take three or four years before we know if the Falcons were right to bet the metaphorical farm on Julio Jones, but early returns are encouraging. According to reports, Jones is "way ahead of his game" at informal workouts. It's not much, but it's something.
  • Titans owner Bud Adams parted ways with Jeff Fisher in January, but Fisher says he won't think about returning to the sidelines until after the 2011 season. Hopefully, he can make that $4 million buyout he received from Tennessee stretch for another six months.
  • More former Titans news: One-time Tennessee tight end Erron Kinney is a captain with the St. Andrews Fire Department in Charleston, S.C.
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Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 10:20 pm
 

A Barber finally defends Eli Manning

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It took nearly four years, but Giants quarterback Eli Manning finally got a vote of confidence from a Barber twin. Okay, it wasn't former teammate Tiki -- it was his brother. But it still counts.

Speaking as a panelist on NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2011," Ronde, who still plays for the Buccaneers, had this to say about Manning:

"Eli is definitely a franchise quarterback. I mean he is the Giants' franchise, much like his brother is in Indianapolis. Their offense is gonna go around the way he plays."

Ronde then added why Manning might have gotten short shrift from the fellow players who voted on the top 100. "Eli just has this element of inconsistency, and you feel like he's not gonna have the game that you need to when they need to have it. And I think players see that. ... Sometimes his body language doesn't project how good Eli is, and people get down on him. Players see just the same as the media sees -- he gets down on himself, team gets down on him -- and just I think that's the reason why the players kept him out of this list."

Historically, Manning did struggle with consistency. But he has completed more than 60 percent of his passes every season since 2008. That said, perception often plays a role in what amounts to a glorified popularity contest. If players remember Manning when he was short-hopping receivers, it will -- consciously or not -- affect their vote.

Looking at the bigger picture, this story is as much about Manning as it is about the Barbers. Tiki, now 36, retired from football in 2006, still at the top of his game, to pursue television. He left the NFL with his dignity intact, although things began to unravel shortly after he blasted Manning while working for NBC's Sunday Night Football telecast. NBC eventually dropped Tiki, who was also in the news for dumping his then eight-months-pregnant wife (with twins!) for an NBC intern. Most fans had forgotten about Tiki altogether until he recently announced that he was returning to the NFL because he missed the competition, which we took as a euphemism for "I could use the dough."

Meanwhile, Ronde (who, by virtue of being Tiki's twin, is also 36) has played in every game from 1998 to 2010, many of them at a Pro Bowl level, and all while managing to keep his name out of the news for non-football-related foolishness. There's something to be said for that, and something Tiki could certainly learn. (And as long as Ronde's holding meetings, he should invite Aqib Talib, too.)

If you're curious about the other quarterbacks to make the Top 100, here you go (via USA Today's The Huddle blog):

Donovan McNabb (No. 100), Joe Flacco (No. 90), Josh Freeman (N0. 86), Tony Romo (No. 72), Matt Ryan (No. 52) and Ben Roethlisberger (No. 41) already revealed. The final six figure to be Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 11:44 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2011 12:07 am
 

No trial date set yet for Bucs CB Aqib Talib

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib’s attorney met with the Dallas County (Texas) district attorney today, and the meeting went well enough that the two sides will continue trying to avoid going to court.

That means a trial date has not been set, and that’s good news, according to Frank Perez – who represents Talib in his aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case.

Wrote Perez in a text message to the St. Petersburg Times: “The meeting with the DA went well. We agreed to discuss it further on the announcement setting 6-16. I didn't set it for trial.''

That’s significant because if Perez thought the case needed to go to trial, he would need it set as quickly as possible to avoid further damaging Talib’s career.

But perhaps there’s a settlement brewing, so avoiding a trial is an even better option if at all possible.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: May 28, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Talib's mom told police Aqib could have fired gun

Posted by Andy Benoit

On Friday, Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib was officially indicted by a grand jury on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.A. Talib (US Presswire) His mother was also indicted.

In an affidavit obtained by Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times, it's revealed that Talib’s mother told police in an interview that “it could have been Aqib” who fired the handgun in the dispute with his sister’s boyfriend.

Stroud writes:

“Police say that Talib pointed a 9mm handgun at the head of Shannon Billings, the live-in boyfriend of his sister, Saran Talib. He then attempted to pistol-whip Billings before the gun was lost in the struggle, striking a fence and jamming.

That's when police say Talib's mother, Okolo, arrived at the scene and fired several shots at Billings with a .380-caliber Ruger. At some point, Aqib Talib gained possession of his mother's gun and fired two shots at Billings, according to documents released Friday. None of the shots hit Billings.”

A conviction could carry up to 20 years in prison. Talib, 25, has been working out with his Buccaneer teammates during this offseason. His time with the organization, however, could come to an abrupt end after the lockout. It’s also possible (even likely) that he’ll be subject to a league-issued suspension as a repeat offender of the personal conduct policy.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: May 27, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: May 27, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Report: Talib officially indicted by grand jury

TalibPosted by Josh Katzowitz

New Eye on Football blogger Ryan Wilson wrote about this Thursday, and now it’s officially confirmed: Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib was indicted today by a Dallas County grand jury on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

By now, you should know that Talib allegedly got into a confrontation with his sister’s boyfriend and then, along with his mother, fired gunshots at the boyfriend as he fled the scene in Garland, Texas on March 21.

“He’s been indicted,” Talib’s lawyer, Frank Perez, said in a text message to the St. Petersburg Times. "Yes, I'm disappointed, but I believe once all the facts are out, it will be resolved in Aqib's favor.''

The grand jury was presented with the evidence by prosecutors on Wednesday, and it only took the jurors two days to send in their indictment.

Talib is on record as adamantly declaring he’s an innocent man and that his mother was the one actually doing the shooting.

UPDATED 2:34 p.m. ET: Jay Reisinger, another of Talib's lawyers, made sure to let us know that the indictment has no bearing on Talib's guilt or innocence.

"It is important to note that the indictment is merely a formal accusation and that Mr. Talib has not been convicted of any crime with respect to this matter," Reisinger wrote in an e-mail to the Tampa Tribune. "The grand jury was not privy to a number of important facts. We are very confident that once we have the opportunity to present all of the facts, this matter will be resolved in Mr. Talib's favor. Aqib looks forward to putting this matter behind him and returning to the game of football."

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Category: NFL
Posted on: May 26, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Grand jury indictment expected for Aqib Talib

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis didn't offer any specifics when presenting his theories on crime to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio last week. However, a concrete example of how crime increases when there is no football might mitigate some of the skepticism Lewis has received (including from teammates).

Our nomination: Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib who, despite the ongoing lockout, has had a busy offseason. Unfortunately, he's not organizing unofficial team workouts, or running hills near his home to keep in shape, or even riding bulls. This is strictly law-enforcement-related.

A felony arrest warrant was issued for Talib on March 29, after police accused him of trying to pistol whip -- and later firing shots at -- his sister's boyfriend on March 21. A day later, Talib voluntarily turned himself in to law enforcement officers in Dallas County, Texas. On Thursday, TambaBay.com's Rick Stroud reports that a Dallas County grand jury is expected to indict Talib for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

"However, the indictment is not expected to officially be reported until Friday," Stroud adds. "Earlier this week, an examining trial determined there was enough evidence in the shooting case involving Talib to be heard by the the grand jury Wednesday."

Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony and is punishable by two to 20 years in prison. While we wait for Talib's case to make its way through the justice system, an indictment could be reason enough for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to get involved. Talib was suspended during Week 1 of the 2010 season for violating the league's personal conduct policy, so he's familiar with the process.

But as long as there is a lockout Goodell can't punish Talib (news that should also make James Harrison happy, if only temporarily). Of course, if Talib is found guilty, a slap on the wrist from his employer will be the least of his worries.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:52 am
Edited on: May 5, 2011 9:00 am
 

Talib's case will move forward

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A Dallas County (Texas) grand jury will hear evidence against Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib on his charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an incident involving his mother and the live-in boyfriend of his sister. That's according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Talib's timeline
As we’ve discussed in the past, Talib likely is on his way out of Tampa Bay after numerous run-ins with teammates and the law, and even though the Buccaneers waited until the seventh round to take a CB in last week’s draft (Anthony Gaitor from Florida International), it seems pretty clear that the Buccaneers have had enough drama.

Even if Talib is one of the most talented DBs in the NFC.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to release Marshall for now

Marshall Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today we told you about the latest soap opera installment in the career of Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib, who apparently will be released by Tampa Bay when the NFL reopens for business.

While Talib (charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon) and Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall – who allegedly was stabbed by his wife late Friday night – both could be labeled as “troubled players,” Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald doesn’t believe Marshall will suffer the same fate as Talib.

That means, though Marshall hasn’t always been a model teammate or representative of the NFL – he’s had quite a few domestic disturbance issues during his last stop in Denver – the Dolphins aren’t looking to get rid of him at this point.

Writes Salguero in rather frank terms:

“And this is supposed to surprise me how?” a Dolphins player texted Saturday morning when told of what happened to the Miami wide receiver.

Understand that Marshall is the alleged victim here. He did not stab anyone. He was stabbed. So the Dolphins – unable to contact him directly because of the NFL lockout –  let their player know they fully support him and want the best for him by sending him well wishes.

But despite the strong support, the Dolphins are wary of Marshall’s issues and worried about his future.

They don’t know all the facts of Friday’s domestic-violence incident. They don’t know how the whole episode began. And they do know Marshall’s history.

And that’s where the concern is born.

Adding to the Dolphins’ concern is that Marshall will be in the second year of a five-year deal worth $47.3 million ($12.5 million of that was guaranteed, and the Dolphins also gave up two second-round picks to acquire him). And though he’s been clean for the last year in Miami and though he might not be at fault for this latest incident (his wife, however, told police she stabbed him in self-defense), it’s clear that Marshall still has plenty of issues in his life.

For now, though, the Dolphins will plan on keeping Marshall around. But that’s also not completely guaranteed if the club, as it continues to collect the facts about what happened this weekend, feels like it has a solid reason not to do so.

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