Free-Agent CB Aqib Talib Announces Retirement


Free-agent CB Aqib Talib announced Wednesday he is retiring from the NFL and taking a media job. 

The long-time veteran says the Patriots reached out and tried to bring him back in a specialized role. However, he decided it was time to walk away from the game. 

Talib was a free-agent this offseason after playing out his contract with the Dolphins following a trade from the Rams. However, the 34-year-old corner had received little to no reported interest this offseason up until now. 

Talib, 34, 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 before trading him to the Rams last year for a fifth-round pick.

He was then traded to the Dolphins, where he finished out the year on injured reserve. 

During his 12-year NFL career with the Buccaneers, Patriots, Broncos and Rams, Talib recorded 462 tackles, one sack, five forced fumbles, three recoveries, 35 interceptions, 10 of which were returned for touchdowns, and 124 pass defenses. 

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