After Aqib Talib suffered a minor gunshot wound to his lower right leg on Saturday night, many fans thought the Broncos should part ways with the cornerback.
I get the idea, he has had multiple issues on and off the field throughout his NFL career, and there probably will be more, but a simple glance at Talib's contract tells you he will remain with the Broncos in 2016.
According to Over The Cap, the Broncos would be hit with a $11.5 million dollar dead money penalty if they release Aqib Talib. That right there is why Talib is remaining with the Broncos. Also, keep in the mind the Broncos already have a big dead money hit after releasing veterans Owen Daniel, Louis Vasquez, and others earlier this offseason. So adding a dead money hit like that is probably something the Broncos will not do.
Now I believe this will be Talib's final season in Denver. As you can see from the chart above, parting ways with Talib would only be a $2,000,000 dollar dead money hit, and would free up another $10,000,000 for Broncos General Manager to spend elsewhere. The Broncos have Bradley Roby waiting in the wings and he could step in for Talib and continue to produce at a high level.
The Broncos knew the risks involved when they signed Aqib Talib to a big money free agent contract, and I think they're going to stick with him through this incident as well. The incident is troubling, but getting hit with a $11.5 million dollar cap hit is probably more troubling for the Broncos is the near future.
When more facts come out, it may force the Broncos hand, but right now it looks like he is staying with the Broncos.