Aqib Talib Isn't Going To Patriots, Because He Was Traded To Rams

  • Aqib Talib Isn't Going To Patriots, Because He Was Traded To Rams

Aqib Talib Isn't Going To Patriots, Because He Was Traded To Rams

The Los Angeles Rams added another starting cornerback to play opposite Marcus Peters, whose trade will become official at the start of the new league year on March 14. According to James Palmer of The NFL Network, the Rams have made yet another major transaction with the agreed acquisition of All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib from the Denver Broncos on Thursday afternoon.

Klis notes that although Talib doesn't have any kind of a no-trade provision, his reluctance to move to San Francisco has scuppered a potential move to the 49ers.

For the Rams, the Talib acquisition is the continuation of what has already been a busy offseason.

After the news broke, Broncos players took to Twitter to respond to the news.

Sitting at the top of an escalator, a few feet from a Starbucks, Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips wore a smile at the NFL Combine last week. Talib was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his four seasons with the Broncos to bring his career total to five. So since a trade would likely require no more than an extremely low draft pick and some financial restructuring, it's going to be very hard for the Broncos to move him.

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib (21) reacts to a personal foul during a National Football League game between the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

Talib is owed $19 million over the final two years of his contract. After spending most of his rookie year as the third cornerback, Talib became a regular starter in 2009.

Meanwhile, the 49ers are still looking to upgrade the cornerback position. But they are now guaranteed to not bring back Trumaine Johnson, who spent the last two seasons playing under the franchise tag and now promises to have a robust market in free agency.