According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos have traded veteran cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is saying that the Broncos are getting a 5th round pick in return for Talib from the Rams. The Broncos now have three 5th-round selections in the 2018 NFL Draft.
There were reports that the New England Patriots engaged in trade talks with the Broncos for Talib’s services, but Talib also wanted to play for the Rams as well. As we know, the Rams have former Broncos Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips so there is some familiarity there and why Talib had them has one of the two teams he wanted to play for.
Now Talib joins former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters in the Rams secondary. That’s a lot of attitudes, personality, and interceptions in that secondary.
This move clears $11 million dollars in cap space for the Broncos and they are hit with a $1 million dollar dead money cap hit. This move obviously clears up a potential run at a free agent quarterback like Kirk Cousins or a Case Keenum. Expect more roster moves coming the Broncos way in the coming days to create more cap space for their quarterback pursuit.
Former first-round pick Bradley Roby will now take over the other starting outside cornerback role opposite of veteran Chris Harris Jr. in the Broncos secondary. 2017 third-round pick Brendan Langley will look to take over a bigger role this upcoming season and we could see additions through free agency and/or the draft.
Talib played four seasons with the Broncos and totaled 11 interceptions and 6 defensive touchdowns in that span. He also helped make the Broncos secondary one of the best in the league during that span and also helped them win Super Bowl 50.