- Adam Schefter confirms the trade and adds that the Rams are expected to trade a 2018 fifth-round to the Broncos for Talib.
- Pro Football Talk reports that the Rams are taking on Aqib Talib’s contract as is: $11 million in 2018, $8 million for 2019.
The Broncos were actively shopping Talib in trade discussions over the past few days with the hope of getting a deal in place before free agency and it looks like the Rams proved to be the best option in the end.
According to recent reports, the 49ers and Broncos nearly had a deal in place, but Talib wasn’t interested in going to San Francisco. The Patriots reportedly had interest too, but they may have preferred to wait and see if he was going to be released.
As for the Rams, they’ve already added Talib and CB Marcus Peters this offseason, which is a pretty good indication that they will be moving on from Trumaine Johnson in the coming days.
Talib, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2008. He spent four years in Tampa Bay before joining the Patriots in 2012.
The Broncos later signed him to a six-year, $57 million contract that includes $26 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $11 million for the 2018 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Talib will free up $11 million of available cap space for the Broncos while creating $1 million in dead money.
In 2017, Talib appeared in 15 games for the Broncos and has recorded 31 tackles, one interception returned for touchdown, a forced fumble and seven pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 cornerback out of 120 qualifying players.