Rams reportedly acquire CB Talib from Broncos

The Denver Broncos agreed to trade veteran cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft, according to multiple media reports.

Pro Football Talk reported that the Rams would pick up all of Talib's $11 million base salary for 2018 and $8 million base salary for 2019.

Talib, 32, has reached the Pro Bowl in each of the past five seasons and ranks fourth all-time in career interceptions returned for touchdowns. He needs one more pick-six to tie Darren Sharper and Charles Woodson for second place with 11, and he needs two to match Rod Woodson for the record.

The move capped a busy day for the Rams, who also signed former Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields. Los Angeles has focused heavily on improving its secondary during the offseason, agreeing last month to acquire two-time Pro Bowl safety Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Broncos made Talib available on the trade market as they looked to clear salary-cap space, potentially for a pursuit of free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. The San Francisco 49ers reportedly also talked with the Broncos about Talib, who had preferred to be released so he could sign with the New England Patriots.

Talib is entering the final season of a six-year, $57 million contract that includes a $12 million cap hit in 2018. Denver is on the hook for a $1 million hit instead of $12 million because of the trade.

--Field Level Media

03/08/2018 21:18

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