Rams Trade Aqib Talib To Dolphins

The Rams are making a move at the deadline. Los Angeles is shipping cornerback Aqib Talib off to Miami, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Schefter reports that the Rams are sending a fifth-round pick to get the Dolphins to take on Talib. The Rams will get a future seventh-rounder back, per Albert Breer of SI.com (on Twitter). This is a straight up salary dump, and not a move Miami is making for the player. We heard just a couple of days ago that the Rams were open to moving Talib, so this isn’t too surprising. Los Angeles is reportedly looking to free up money in order to extend the recently acquired Jalen Ramsey.

It makes perfect sense for the Dolphins too as they continue to stockpile draft picks, and they have plenty of cap space. Talib is currently on injured reserve, so he won’t be eligible to play until Week 15 anyway. It’s quite possible, if not likely, that Talib never ends up playing a snap for the rebuilding Dolphins. The Rams picked up $4.2MM in cap space by making the trade, tweets Jason Fitzgerald of Overthecap.com. It’s the latest in a growing trend of NBA-style salary dump trades to non-contending teams. Prior to a few years ago, these moves were virtually unheard of in the NFL.

Talib is 33 now, and he didn’t look his best before going on IR with a rib issue. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it’ll be very interesting to see what his market looks like. He’s obviously getting up there in age, but he should still receive some interest due to his pedigree. The former Buccaneer, Patriot, and Bronco made five straight Pro Bowls from 2013-17.

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17 comments on “Rams Trade Aqib Talib To Dolphins

    • mriggs

      agreed…Dont need cap space this year for Ramsey..This frees up space now to make a move for Trent Williams..?

      • wrigleyhawkeye

        Not sure on the nuances, but if they extend Ramsey this year can’t they prorate part of his bonus this year then? In other words 4 year extension the bonus would be divided by 5 (counting this season) instead of 4.

  1. burtgummer1

    That’s gotta be depressing.Won a ring with the Pats went to the Super Bowl with the Rams and now he heads to Miami

  2. JoeBrady

    I was wondering if the Raiders might do something like this. Cap space for a future pick. With some small chance he could be useful at some point in the season.

  3. nick effing punto

    The Dolphins would also be eligible for a compensatory pick next year correct (max of 5th since the player is of the older variety)?

  4. myaccount

    NBA-style? Teams were doing this in baseball for prospects way before the NBA picked up on it.

  5. Steezy

    Talib isn’t the biggest fan of the raiders lol, and they traded Conley because they have other young guys they want to take the field. No benefit

  6. Tmandolfan

    Doesn’t Talib know Flores and Patrick Graham from his time in NE? If so, maybe he actually plays in weeks 15-17?

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