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Tampa still happy with Aqib Talib trade

Greg Schiano spoke to reporters at the NFL combine on Thursday.

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Greg Schiano spoke to reporters at the NFL combine on Thursday.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, a friend of Bill Belichick who is heading into his second season as Tampa Bay head coach, said Thursday that he still feels good about the trade that netted him a fourth-round pick in April’s draft in exchange for Aqib Talib and a seventh-round selection.

“I think any time in the draft you have picks, you have some ammunition to do things, whether you pick at that spot or you move around with those picks,” Schiano said at the NFL scouting combine. “That was something that was very helpful to us last year, being able to move up and get Doug Martin, so to have some ammunition I think is critical.”

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Schiano wasn’t willing to say too much about Talib, whose contract is about to expire, as a player.

“I can’t comment from the Patriots perspective and I really can’t comment on Talib since he’s under contract with another club,” he said. “But when Talib was with the Bucs, I enjoyed coaching him, he did the things we asked. I’m not naïve, there were some things in his past, but there was nothing more than I said at the time (of the trade).”

Schiano also clarified a statement he made right after the close of the Buccaneers season, when he said that he wanted competition at every position. That was taken as a knock against quarterback Josh Freeman.

“I made the statement that I want competition at every position,” Schiano said. “It’s my fault, but it stood out at the quarterback position more than any other.

“Josh Freeman is our quarterback. And I believe with Josh Freeman we’ll be able to accomplish our goals. That’s my belief and our organization’s belief. I have been able to clear that up, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to today.”

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