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Denver Broncos trade CB Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams

The Broncos have saved money in the deal, but the Rams now have what projected to be the best (and most physical) secondary in the NFL.


Kahron Spearman


Per multiple media reports, the Denver Broncos have traded cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams for a 2018 fifth-round pick. The Rams will take on Talib's full contract, including $11 million for the upcoming season and another $8 million scheduled for 2019 (h/t Denver Post.) 

The deal reunites the controversial player with former Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips while saving the Broncos from Talib's salary cap hit and adding a "value pick" for this year's draft. 

So the #Rams are trading away two unideal scheme fits in Alec Ogletree and Robert Quinn, and bringing in two top man corners in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. Wade Phillips written all over it.

Talib first appeared to be on the move when Denver exercised their fifth-year contract option on cornerback Bradley Roby, at $8.5 million - which means Roby will be the Broncos' cornerstone secondary member. Denver also put an option for Chris Harris into play, creating an untenable scenario with the secondary carrying a large salary load.

For the Rams, they may have assembled the best collection of corners in the league, all fast and physical.

They've managed to pick up Talib, former Chief Marcus Peters, and Sam Shields - who's coming back from concussion-related issues - for virtually nothing of consequence leaving Los Angeles. 

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