The Denver Broncos are now actively searching for a trade partner for veteran cornerback Aqib Talib, according to Mike Klis of 9News. However, Talib is making it a bit more difficult for the Broncos to do so.
According to Klis’ latest report, Talib is attempting to dictate where Denver trades him and may have even squashed a potential deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Broncos general manager John Elway and 49ers general manager John Lynch were reportedly engaged in talks regarding Talib and appeared to be making progress on an agreement until the seasoned defensive back decided San Francisco wasn’t a desirable destination for him.
Instead, Talib prefers to return to the New England Patriots, with whom he spent a season-and-a-half in 2012 and 2013. The Patriots have talked with the Broncos about the 32-year-old, although it is unclear just how serious those discussions have been.
Talib has two years and $19 million remaining on a six-year, $57 million contract he signed with Denver back in March 2014. The team hopes to move him before free agency begins next Wednesday, but even if the Broncos are unable to accomplish that, they can always do so afterward or just outright release him, as none of his remaining contract is guaranteed until 53-man rosters are established on September 1.
The Cleveland native, who played his collegiate football at Kansas, was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round (20th pick overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played the first four-and-a-half years of his career with the Buccaneers before being dealt to the Patriots midway through the 2012 season.