ESPN The Denver Broncos are trading Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams, the NFL Network reported Thursday, citing sources. The Broncos will receive a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft for Talib, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The trade won’t become official until the new league year begins Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Rams are utilizing the trade market more than any other team this offseason to rebuild their defense, they have traded for cornerback Marcus Peters from the Chiefs for a fourth round pick and a 2019 second round pick, and shipped linebacker Alec Ogletree to the Giants for fourth and sixth round picks. The Rams also traded defensive end Robert Quinn to the Dolphins for a fourth round pick. The Rams have greatly upgraded their secondary, but it’s going to be a volatile group, both Talib and Peters are playmakers but they also have a reputation as gamblers who will jump routes to intercept passes at the risk of giving up a big play. Talib and Peters are also players who have a reputation for being dirty players, who take cheap shots or fight with opponents when their team is getting beat, so while Talib and Peters will both make a lot of plays they will also frustrate fans at times and give up penalty yardage at times.
NOTE: While the Rams have strengthened their secondary, their strong front seven will miss Alec Ogletree and Robert Quinn in the front seven, so expect them to focus on the front seven in free agency and the draft to plug those holes. There is also thought that, if the Rams do not retain Sammy Watkins, they will target a big time playmaker in the passing game so keep an eye on Allen Robinson.