For those holding out hope that Aqib Talib will remain with the Denver Broncos, stop reading right now.
Earlier this week Walter Football reported that John Elway and Denver would likely look to trade the Pro Bowl cornerback. Now Mike Klis of 9News, the home of the Broncos, reported that Denver is “expected to place him on the trading block because of financial considerations.” A trade of Talib would free up $11 million in salary cap space for the Broncos and only cost $1 million in dead money.
As Klis said in his story:
Talib, who will turn 32 on February 13, is scheduled to make $11 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. Even with the salary cap going up from $167 million to between $176 million and $180 million for the 2018 season, it’s difficult for a team to allocate $28 million to three cornerbacks.
Some food for thought but asked three GMs at Senior Bowl if they would trade for Aqib Talib -- $12M against cap in '18, $8M against cap in '19 -- all three answered "no" and they believed Broncos would release Talib because dead money charge is $1M so why surrender any picks— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) January 28, 2018
After Klis’ story came out, ESPN’s Jeff Legwold tweeted that he asked three general managers at the Senior Bowl if they would trade for Talib and all answered “no.” All three told Legwold that they believed Denver would release Talib because of that $1 million dead money hit, so why surrender any picks in a move?
Either way, the hope of Talib remaining in Denver is dwindling. On the latest MHR Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and I talked about the Talib rumors, as well as all of the others around the Broncos right now (there are quite a few).
But that’s not the only move the Broncos will make. As Benjamin Allbright tweeted, Talib is not the only player on the trading block. Commence the debate on who Allbright is talking about.
Talib isn't the only name the Broncos are putting on the block.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 28, 2018