Having already set up a deal to acquire one of the NFL’s top young cornerbacks in Marcus Peters, with that trade becoming official at the start of the new league year next week, the Los Angeles Rams have reportedly set up another major trade.
According to NFL Network’s James Palmer, the Rams have agreed to a trade with the Denver Broncos for cornerback Aqib Talib. In exchange the Broncos will receive a fifth-round draft pick.
With Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman both due to be unrestricted free agents next week, the trades for Peters and Talib give the Rams additional options in the defensive backfield as the team looks to build on the NFC West title won in 2017. Johnson played under the franchise tag in both 2016 and 2017.
Talib appeared in 15 games for the Broncos last season, tallying 31 combined tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception. Talib returned the interception, which occurred in Denver’s 42-17 Week 2 victory over Dallas, 103 yards for a touchdown.
Talib played the last four seasons of his 11-year NFL career in Denver, starting all 58 regular season games he appeared in and racking up 186 combined tackles, 11 interceptions and 50 passes defensed. In each of his four seasons with the team Talib was selected to play in the Pro Bowl, and in 2016 he earned first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career.
Selected by Tampa Bay with the 20th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Aqib Talib spent the first four-plus seasons of his career with the Buccaneers before being traded to New England during the 2012 season. For his career, Talib has 34 interceptions, with 10 being returned for touchdowns.