Broncos Make Aqib Talib Available?

In surprising news, the Broncos are willing to trade star cornerback Aqib Talib if the right offer comes along, according to Dianna Russini of ESPN (Twitter link). For what it’s worth, GM John Elway denied the report when addressing the media on Saturday.

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The 30-year-old Talib, a former Buccaneer and Patriot, has been a stalwart in Denver since joining the team before the 2014 season. Talib has made the Pro Bowl in each of his two Broncos campaigns and was an integral part of their Super Bowl-winning squad last season. The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder has started in all 30 of his regular-season appearances with the club and totaled seven interceptions and four defensive touchdowns along the way. For his work in 2015, Pro Football Focus rated Talib 30th among 111 qualified corners.

While Talib has been successful on the gridiron, off-field issues have clouded his career at times. The latest problem came just under three months ago when Talib suffered a gunshot wound either at a Dallas nightclub or at a park during the early morning hours of June 5. Talib told police he was “too intoxicated” to remember how he was shot. As of mid-August, they were still investigating the incident.

Regardless of what happens with the police investigation, the NFL could punish Talib down the line. Commissioner Roger Goodell is not a fan of firearms, and the fact that Talib was intoxicated — and a has a history with weapons – will likely factor into any disciplinary decision. It’s still something of an open question as to whether Talib will face legal consequences in addition to NFL penalties.

Talib still has three years remaining on his contract. He’s set to earn an $11MM salary this season.

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6 comments on “Broncos Make Aqib Talib Available?

  1. Thronson5

    Again. Would love for my team to pick this guy up but they won’t because they never go out get anyone I hope they do lol

  2. Ravens_Last_Place

    Too much baggage with that guy. He is good but thinks he’s elite. Plus the off the field issues make it a no brainier to stay away from him no matter what. Why else would the defending Super Bowl Champs want to trade a starting CB?

    Buyer beware!

    • DarkGhost

      Depends on what team he would go to, for a team like the cowboys with as many issues as they have it would make no sense but if he were to go to a team like the cardinals who have a history of taking questionable off the field guys like Honey Badger and making them into up standing citizens it could make sense. Plus talib wouldn’t have to be elite he would be playing opposite Patrick Peterson. Talib as the second best corner with P2 and Honey badger in that secondary could be a great fit.

  3. Dan Sacharoff

    Elway already said not trading him so the discussion ends here.


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