Broncos, Aqib Talib strike six-year deal

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Early on the first day of free agency, the Broncos added one of the top safeties available in Cleveland’s T.J. Ward.

Now, they have added perhaps the best cornerback in the class.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos and Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib have reached a six-year, $57 million contract with $26 million in guarantees.

PFT has confirmed that Talib has a deal in place with Denver.

The 28-year-old Talib was the top cornerback and the No. 4 overall player on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

Talib (6-1, 205) has intercepted 23 passes in six NFL seasons. His size and playmaking ability make him especially valuable in a time where bigger cornerbacks are desired to match up against tall and skilled wide receivers.

The Broncos’ agreement with Talib would seem to leave Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s future with Denver in major doubt. Earlier on Tuesday, the Denver Post reported that the club was “closing in on” bringing back Rodgers-Cromartie. However, Talib’s addition would, at the very least, seem to complicate a potential return for Rodgers-Cromartie, an unrestricted free agent who would figure to have other options.

80 responses to “Broncos, Aqib Talib strike six-year deal

  1. Two years in a row the Broncos signed Patriot players who vanish when it counts. Hope you have an insurance policy when he gets hurt in the AFC Championship game.

  2. Broncos understand that Manning’s window is closing. Patriots don’t. I’m really, really mad. The sole thing left for me is to pray for Revis

  3. Im sure Talib is going to feel weird at first not knowing the other teams play before the snap now he’s not a pat anymore.

  4. Broncos making serious moves today. We’re always down for a rematch, but ya still need more then 8 points to win assuper bowl.

  5. Pathetic signing.

    6 million dollars overpaid.

    Can we all agree that the Minnesota Vikings won free agency today?

    Getting the best DT in the NFL for only 6 million a year?

    The whole league envys us.

    #Skol

  6. What is New England doing? They don’t lock up Edelman and let Taliban walk. I think we are going to see the decline of the patriot way starting this year.

  7. Looks like Elway is doing a good job addressing some of the big holes in the D . Unfortunately, with Manning as QB they will still put up crazy regular season numbers and then crash and burn in the playoffs when it counts the most.

  8. It’s time Kraft replaces Belichick the GM. Belichick the coach is awesome but his failures to secure and retain top talent on his own team is costing Brady the chance to compete for another title.

    Denver is absolutely loaded. They’re probably going to add Ware too. Honestly, I’m not sure if the rest of the AFC should even bother next year. It’s Denver and then everybody else.

  9. HUGE signing for the Broncos. This puts a very good player on a great team, and takes him away from the biggest threat in the AFC besides them.

    Meanwhile New England better contact Revis or DRC or they are in deeper trouble then last year.

  10. And there goes Brady’s last chance of winning a Super Bowl. Unless we get Revis somehow, the Super Bowl window for the patriots has been officially shut

  11. That’s an absurd amount of money. I can’t hold this against New England one bit. But it’s now Revis or bust for the Patriots, they can’t go into next year without that corner spot filled…

  12. If they sign a big time pass rusher as is being rumored they will be the best team in the NFL….yes, better than the Seahawks. Two huge signings today.

  13. Hey maybe he’ll finally get to see the X’s and O’s of the “Pretend to run a pick but really we’re just here to injure the opponent’s best corner” play. I’m sure he’ll love it.

  14. Interesting. The team that did an illegal pick play that injured him, he signs with. Money talks.

  15. Huge signing for the broncos . I wrote they were dumb up pursue ware over lb and secondary help . Just got the guy they needed . They still need to get more talent at lb and secondary but this is good news for the broncos . If he can stay healthy of
    Course .

  16. Remember when the playoff eagles bought the entire free agent class the next spring right before they won the super bowl?….

    Maybe not the last part.

    Free agency is fun for the water cooler, but in reality it usually does more harm than good for the teams involved. There have been a few decent moves over the years, but the majority, especially the big boys, all blow up and do nothing. Outside of #9 or sproles for the saints and Michael turner for the falcons, a successful free agent pickup is a pre-breakout player or a player signed for dirt revamping his career. Otherwise I wouldnt lay a finger out there if it were me.

  17. Talib has not played a full season in New England, I don’t blame the Pats for not overpaying him like this. That said they really need to do something at CB.

  18. Arwiv “better than the Seahawks ”

    No sit you are a mile high the superbowl
    Showed the lack of depth and youth that the broncos have in comparison to the Seahawks . Signing two good players won’t change that bc your also losing players who weren’t the liabilities that you still have .

    The Seahawks and niners are the two most talented teams in football , sf is front loaded with stars who are aging and are trying to build depth and the Seahawks are young with a handful of stars but have backups with little to no drop off who are just waiting for their opportunity .

    The broncos are old and soft for the most part . Signing big names doesn’t change that , signing talib is huge for the secondary but like I said before Denver needs LBs with some speed and a lot of secondary help . Replacing DRC with talib is a upgrade but he wasn’t the problem he was a bright spot so now you still have poor play at the safety level .

    Lay off the pipe homie clearly your the prisoner of the moment or possibilities !

  19. Bronco Fan here.

    Don’t know why you guys want to blame Belichick.

    I am sure that this has to do with Kraft more than anything.

    Kraft has publicly stated that he has a level that he is willing to pay and not beyond that.

    Owner is who signs the checks.

    I wouldn’t worry about the Patriots next year.

    I really can’t see any other team in their division coming close to them and they are still one of the class organizations of the AFC.

  20. Seriously… has anyone (John Elway?) watched the past season and a half of Talib in New England? He’s played exactly 6 games at 100% ( which he was very good in). The rest he played hurt or not at all and tapped out of TWO straight AFC Championship games early, likely costing the Pats at least one trip to the Super Bowl. He’s had hip issues his entire career. The highest guarantee ever for a CB? Good luck with that Elway… I’m sure the Pats will do just fine with Revis, Decker and Woodyard.

  21. you might be disappointed in FA if your trying to built a team from scratch but if your filling needs thats what seattle did so well last year was that they filled their huge need, pass rushers in free agency getting the two best ones in Avril and Bennett for chump change.

  22. For all the hand wringers who are worried Pats fans, and for all the gloaters who pull for Denver: This is free agency. The SuperBowl is almost a year from know.
    Championships aren’t won in March and April.

  23. “If they sign a big time pass rusher as is being rumored they will be the best team in the NFL….yes, better than the Seahawks. Two huge signings today.”

    You will need a lot more than an over-paid CB who can’t stay on the field and a 30 yo+ pass rusher before you can even begin to claim you are better than the Hawks.

    Let’s remember the score. 43-8 and Peyton Manning was scared out of his pants, not to mention the alligator arms your receivers had, and rightly so!

  24. sixchr says:
    Mar 11, 2014 11:32 PM
    That’s an absurd amount of money. I can’t hold this against New England one bit. But it’s now Revis or bust for the Patriots, they can’t go into next year without that corner spot filled…
    ————-
    The money is not that much. It looks big but 26 guaranteed on six year deal I bet it’s set up to be a 3 year deal for the 26 guaranteed and that’s less than 9 a year. That’s good compared to the other CB that signed and they are not as good.

  25. Horseface with another terribly overpriced, injury prone pick-up. Now nail Ware and your defense can be the new ’13 Cowboys defense this year!

  26. I love the way he plays, when he’s on a short leash in terms of his off the field behavior. He’s a VERY wealthy guy now, and that pays for a lot of “trouble”. Hopefully he avoids it.

    To me the bigger issue is his hip. Hip injuries are brutal. A torn hip labrum is often never the same, and it can be re-torn, and even less flexible thereafter. There was no way on earth that the Patriots were going to take that risk, and give him close to $10Mil a year for six years.

    The incumbent team always knows more about the player than the buyers. Always. Good move by the Pats.

    Julian Edelman put up huge numbers in a target-less Pats offense a year ago. I have heard a number of NFL personnel guys, off the record, state that he might well be the most overrated, and overpaid free agent in 2014. We’ll see. He’ll obviously take the payday, and who knows where he ends up and what his career looks like moving forward.

    Similar to comments about Kraft being uneasy about paying big $$ for Talib, Kraft LOVES Edelman as a person. I would bet that the Pats last offer was a very, very good one. He’ll get more. But with whom. Maybe the Broncos? They seem to spend like the Yankees….

  27. The Patriots are doing what they do…they put a valuation on a player and stick to it. This is the reason why the Donks went so far out on this one; in order to change Talib’s mind and make it worth his while to jump ship. They will suffer down the line, but the window is open right now and they are going all out. Something the Pats are steadfast in NOT doing.

    As for the Pats, they lost the leader of their secondary in a player that raised the level of competition among the personnel. They will need to add someone…someone who can at least replicate or exceed what Talib brought in order to save face. I am thinking Finnegan and/or DRC right now because if they tighten up the back end of the defense, they will be fine. The team has had a little success in developing young DLs and will probably be players in the second tier market for pass rushers…enter Mr. Julius Peppers.

    I will caution the fans that this is a BUSINESS and players come and go…it ain’t like back in the day. The team will compete for some kind of title next year, whether it be the division or something more.

    This team is not going to extend itself for Revis because he can argue getting more than Talib, especially with the fact that he got screwed out of boatload of money. He is going to negotiate to get that money back somewhere, but not in New England. Get off that pipe and realize that they will be looking for bargains, not big splashes…..big splashes got them Adalius Thomas, Roosevelt Colvin and Danny Amendola.

  28. Free agency DOES work but only if you’re A player away. Most teams and fans realize you don’t compile a team through free agent signings.

  29. Another good player cashing in on a career resurrected by Bill Belichick. Good luck to you Talib, you made good on your opportunity. Like asante Samuel and ty law, you’ll never collect that whole contract, but your agent thanks you and you should be set to ride off into the sunset on your final big last contract.

  30. In reading how the Pats are strong arming Edelman it is good to see player throw that “Patriot Way” crap to the dumpster. I am rooting for Edelman to get his money. The Pats gave Edelman an offer but he had to accept it by 4:00pm or else they were taking it off the table.

  31. All these “Welker intentionally injured the guy” posts are cracking me up. Was it a designed pick play? H3ll yeah! Does everyone else in the league do it? H3ll Yeah! If you are h3ll bent on injuring the guy on that play, do you send in 4’7″ Wes Welker to try to break a 6’1″ corner in half?……. to quote the jive talker from Airplane; Sheeeeeeeeeee.

  32. Skins fan here.

    Looks like we are going for depth over the big name. I’m liking this strategy. I’m liking this strategy A LOT. Keep it up Jay/Bruce!

  33. Welker and Talib are on the same team now after that “illegal” hit. Either Welker has some apologizing to do or this shows that even Talib thought Belichick was wrong.

  34. Seems like the broncos are panic buying. Is brady available? BB will find replacements for Talib and Edelman. There will be players who will be eager to be with the pats to earn the pats cred. It’s good for their market value. Austin Collie has good potential. He could make big plays and given enough play time I think he could be in sync with brady. Just wish he remains healthy but then again Wes also has concussion problems. The pats sure looks bare and vulnerable again this year. But really… Is Talib really worth that much? Manning was set up magnificently to win the sb last season but crashed spectacularly. He passed elite and is now downright a royalty. Must be nice to be coddled that way. Alas for Brady… he again will start the quest on his own…

  35. 26 million guaranteed???
    Wow.
    Denver is selling its soul to the devil for a Super Bowl next year.
    They just signed Ward and Talib who are now both in the top 5 on the team in average salary.

    What happens next year, Denver? Here are some of your key 2015 free agents:
    D. Thomas, Julius Thomas, Welker, Knighton, Von Miller, Chris Harris.

    Where is the money gonna come from to pay those guys?

  36. “Bill is asleep at the wheel”

    Anything is possible but Bill asleep at the wheel is as improbable as it gets.

  37. I’m still in shock. Great move by the Broncos. I hope Talib can stay health and stay out of trouble. Dude is a laugh riot and a great player. Good luck to him. Sad to see him go.

    Would love to see Revis set in. It’s what I’ll be dreaming about.

  38. Oh Bill! let’s keep surrounding Brady with practice squad players, and 7th round prospects who we draft 4-5 rounds early! But hey, we got money, right!?

  39. captaineagles says:
    Mar 11, 2014 11:29 PM
    HUGE signing for the Broncos. This puts a very good player on a great team, and takes him away from the biggest threat in the AFC besides them.

    Meanwhile New England better contact Revis or DRC or they are in deeper trouble then last year.

    ———

    Deeper trouble than last year? Like AFC championship game trouble with a flawed and massively injured team? Ok…

    The pats will be just fine.

    It’s the first day of free agency. You should calm down.

  40. The money is not the issue here… its a reasonable
    amount for an elite corner. But is he the right
    corner? I love that they are replacing DRC with
    a physical player (I always felt he was soft and had
    lapses in effort.) But Talib’s injuries and character
    concerns make me worried that he will not play
    enough to get what we are paying for. I was hoping for Verner from Titans but this is big splash. If it works out half as good as the manning
    signing then it will be a great move. BTW now we’ve “cornered” the market on Kansas free agents. Rock Chalk!!!!!

  41. seattlemike25 says:
    Mar 11, 2014 11:53 PM
    Seriously… has anyone (John Elway?) watched the past season and a half of Talib in New England? He’s played exactly 6 games at 100% ( which he was very good in). The rest he played hurt or not at all and tapped out of TWO straight AFC Championship games early, likely costing the Pats at least one trip to the Super Bowl. He’s had hip issues his entire career. The highest guarantee ever for a CB? Good luck with that Elway… I’m sure the Pats will do just fine with Revis, Decker and Woodyard.
    _________________________________

    Woodyard totally under achieved this year for Denver. He’s way under sized position player. Good luck with that Kraft… Decker is a #2 receiver hands down. Manning made him look like a polished turd. Revis.. how many teams has he been with? Patsies are heading downhill starting this year..

  42. Not sure this is an upgrade over Cromartie is it? He seems to get hurt a lot. That and hopefully he can stay out of trouble. Pats were smart not overpaying

  43. There are a bunch of bitter Pats fans out this morning. Fact is, Talib is a stud and the Broncos are getting a nasty D in a hurry. For all the uninformed, they were going to pay Champ 10 mil for this year so it looks like a bargain. Elway is putting the D back in Denver and other teams are sitting on their hands watching the fireworks. Today is big Demarcus Ware day in the Mile High City!

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