Just a couple weeks after the Los Angeles Rams acquired cornerback Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs, LA made another move to secure their secondary with another Pro Bowl defensive back. Aqib Talib is leaving the Denver Broncos and heading to the up-and-coming young Rams.
Following comes from James Palmer and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The #Broncos have agreed to trade CB Aqib Talib to the Rams per sources
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 9, 2018
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2018
Talib recently made it known that he wanted out of Denver after four seasons with the team. Although the San Fransisco 49ers appeared to have interest, his desired landing spots included a return to the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.
Talib is owed $11 million this season and $8 million in 2019. Talib registered 31 total tackles, one interception, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble in 15 games en route to his fifth straight Pro Bowl last season. He missed one game due to a suspension after his altercation with Michael Crabtree. Talib won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos and was also named to the NFL All-Pro team twice.
Rams general manager Les Snead is making some power moves this offseason. He’s secured the services of Talib, Peters, retained safety Lamarcus Joyner on a franchise tag and also signed Sam Shields to see if he has anything left to provide their secondary. Snead has also traded rusher Robert Quinn to the Dolphins and sent linebacker Alec Ogletree to the Giants. The Rams are also expected to move on from wide receiver Tavon Austin and let cornerback Trumaine Johnson test free agency.