Broncos trade Aqib Talib to LA Rams for 2018 fifth-round pick

Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr during 2017 training camp. Credit: Ryan Greene for Broncos Europe

The Denver Broncos will trade All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

The deal, which will go through at the start of the 2018 season on March 14, allows the Broncos to make considerable saving of $11 million against the salary cap as they look to revamp their offense.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed that the Broncos will receive the Rams’ 2018 fifth round pick, which is 160 overall, taking their 2018 draft capital to 11 picks.

The Broncos already hold two fifth-round picks at 142 and 163.

Reports earlier this week had the Broncos in talks with the 49ers over a trade before they stalled, while Talib had reportedly made noises about being released with a view to returning to New England, where he played two seasons before joining the Broncos.

Schefter confirmed this morning that Talib wanted to be reunited with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick or Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who marshalled the crushing defense that powered the Broncos to Super Bowl 50 victory before joining the Rams in 2017 when the Broncos chose to let him go.

The 10-year veteran, who turned 32 in February, was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons in Denver, was selected first-team All-Pro in 2016, and became a defensive captain for the first time in his career in 2017.

As BSN Denver’s Zac Stevens, and the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala noted on Twitter, Talib’s highlights with the team as one of the league’s best corners are significant, including six of his 11 interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Despite his production during his time in Denver, Talib’s departure became expected due to the remaining $19m and two years of his six-year $57m contract and the performances of 2014 first-round pick Bradley Roby, who the team believe is a starter in the NFL.

The Broncos will be on the hook for just $1m in dead money against the 2018 cap from Talib’s contract, giving them a modest salary cap space of $35.7m.

Roby, who will be a free agent in 2019, will become the Broncos’ second corner behind Chris Harris Jr, but Talib’s departure leaves questions over depth at the position with inexperienced Brendan Langley and Marcus Rios next in line meaning the Broncos are likely to pursue a veteran to fill the third cornerback role.

The Broncos will face Coach Phillips, Talib and the rest of the Rams’ hugely revamped secondary at Mile High during the 2018 regular season.

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