Broncos may release, not trade, Aqib Talib

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The Broncos are looking to trade cornerback Aqib Talib, but that may not find any trading partners.

The problem for the Broncos is that Talib is due to make an $11 million base salary in 2018, and he turns 32 next month. Teams just don’t want to make that kind of investment in a player that age, especially a player who has the history of off-field incidents and suspensions that Talib has.

Jeff Legwold of ESPN said that he asked sources with three teams if they were interested in trading for Talib, and all three said they are not, and that they expect the Broncos to cut Talib when they can’t find any team willing to trade for him.

If Talib is on the Broncos, he’ll cost $12 million against their salary cap in 2018. He has the team’s third-biggest cap hit, behind Von Miller and Demaryius Thomas.

61 responses to “Broncos may release, not trade, Aqib Talib

  1. Fan favorite in Denver, but let’s be real, paying $28M for three CB’s is not realistic. Denver needs help offensively in order to balance there team, not continue to stay one sided.

  2. Wow, this and the qb situation really leads me to believe that King John has no idea how to do his job.

  3. Talib is still a top ranked CB (#15 PFF) even at 32. It may be a better play for an interested team to wait until he is cut for contract purposes, I don’t know. But he does still have gas in the tank at a reduced rate.

    Of course the thing about rankings is that he is ranked that high on a top ranked defense. Chicken or the egg? Will he fit a new scheme and be as effective in it? That’s why the reduced rate comes into play for me.

  4. This isn’t a surprise. Most knew the cap numbers wouldn’t work out long term for Broncos. They made two Super Bowl appearances, so I’d say the strategy worked out for Elway and the team.

  5. There is only a $1 million cap hit to release him. They can renegotiate the deal since he is basically on a year-to-year deal in any case. Talib still plays at a high level, but Denver has a strong defensive backfield. Talib can get a couple of years at $10 million per year. If Malcolm Butler thinks he should get $13 or $14 million per year, then Talib is worth more and a better corner.

  6. Please Adam Gase do not bring this cancer to Miami. Cutler was bad enough to disrupt the team chemistry.

  7. If he’s going to cost $12m against the cap if released, why not keep him at $11m for the year? They’ll still need a CB to replace him so just pay him and let him play!

  8. Nobody is trading for that contract. Better to wait until he is released and negotiate a more team friendly deal.
    BTW, same thing with Alex Smith.

  9. He’s the kind of guy Marvin Lewis likes. Expect him to be on the Bengals next year. He’ll fit right in next to PacMan.

  10. Another really good player, but his value is a lot closer to $4 – $6 million per year for two years. The list of effective corners playing in to their mid-30’s is short.

  11. akshunj says:
    January 29, 2018 at 7:46 am
    This isn’t a surprise. Most knew the cap numbers wouldn’t work out long term for Broncos. They made two Super Bowl appearances, so I’d say the strategy worked out for Elway and the team.

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    The reason they paid so big was to buy him out from under the Patriots. They certainly wanted his skills, but it was also about New England not having them. Hoever, NE simply went other directions (plural at this point) and has enjoyed greater success than Denver over that same stretch of time. (Not that Denver did poorly) so that was a part of what they paid for that they did not really get. So that has contributed to how now, despite him still being effective in game play, the amount they paid is biting them more than its helping.

  12. Going to be hard to trade a guy at 32 who is owed that salary. Elway sold out and he’s lucky Cam Newton and Panthers choked it down on the heels of barely beating a Pats B Squad.

    The thing is, Denver will never fire Horseteeth.

  13. Denver has imploded since their Super Bowl win. Elway has made a lot of questionable decisions–a bad coaching hire, moved up in the first round to draft a QB who’s been a bust, and he’s made a lot of bad personnel moves with the offensive line over a period of four-five years (bad draft picks, letting good players go, bad free-agent moves)–an annual weak spot on the team. Now, like Seattle before it, the stout Denver defense is starting to lose key players. The Broncos had the best defensive-back unit in the league for three or so years leading up to their Super Bowl win, but without Talib the No Fly Zone will be no more. Broncos are really in a rebuild mode–and they aren’t going to attract free agents like they did when Manning was the QB. Going to be a challenge going forward.

  14. 7mrg7 says:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:14 am
    Raiders, then he can be best buds with Crabtree and stop breaking his chains.
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    No!!!! I love watching him take Crabtree’s bling.

  15. Apparently no player in his 30’s is worth “that much money”.. you kind of see why so many demand such high contracts early on.. they know the business aspect of the league. I think this affects almost every position outside of QB and some OL.

  16. blowfishes says:

    January 29, 2018 at 8:49 am
    If he’s going to cost $12m against the cap if released, why not keep him at $11m for the year? They’ll still need a CB to replace him so just pay him and let him play!
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    12M if he isn’t released (including 11M salardy). 1M if he is released.

  17. People often IGNORE the salary cap when they talk about discussing a QB, elite or not. However, releasing even a single player with the impact of a Talib can drop a defense down in effectiveness to the point of disrupting the entire effectiveness of the defense AND offense.

    QB’s MUST be paid less (sorry for you “market crazy people” as well as a few of the other top players. (This comment applies only to teams who are serious about a Super Bowl run and repeated runs! When will these players learn that as great as they are, no one player (QB included) makes a Super Bowl contender. It requires high level playmakers on all sides of the ball, including special teams. These greedy players need to share the love with the other players. The Broncos need to be careful before they are set back 2 or three years like Carolina Panthers were the moment they let Josh Norman go as if!!!

  18. @finzfan49 says:

    Please Adam Gase do not bring this cancer to Miami. Cutler was bad enough to disrupt the team chemistry.
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    Dolphins have team chemistry? Bhwaaaaahhaaaa

  19. The problem with cutting him is he is Denver’s second best player. Broncos should cut players like Stephenson and Watson that are making good money that are terrible players, or Wolf that is always injured. This will be a huge loss. Roby is not even close to being as good as Talib.

  20. If the guy is going to count for the full cap hit anyway, why not keep him? For an NFL team- all of which are enormously profitable, it shouldn’t be about writing the check, it should only be about the cap. If he’s going to be on the cap anyway, what’s the point of getting rid of him and replacing him with someone who may not be better who will add more to your cap?

  21. Jeff Legwold of ESPN said that he asked sources with three teams if they were interested in trading for Talib, and all three said they are not, and that they expect the Broncos to cut Talib when they can’t find any team willing to trade for him.

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    I guess 3 sources is a good sample size for the other 28 teams? Which team are they from? Are they in need of a CB? I guess one of them is probably the Patriots?

  22. “Do you believe that Thomas is worth a $12 million+ cap hit in 2018?”
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    Nowhere close. He’s got all the tools but frequently disappears in big games. I do believe that if they ever get their line functioning and a QB who can throw downfield that Thomas could look a whole lot better. His best traits are largely wasted on the dink and dunk plays they’ve been running the last couple seasons. But when the defense is hitting your QB on 3-step drops there’s not much else they can run.

  23. I remember when Denver fans were saying they could win without a QB. They went from winning a SB to missing the playoffs to the bottom of their division.

  24. He will not be in Denver either way. Especially at 11 million. He could take a pay cut and stay but I doubt he will. Thomas or Sanders will be gone to. They are about clearing cap space with their dreams of signing Cousins which they will not be able to do either.

  25. The Rams would be a good landing spot for him. He fits Wade’s scheme and the Rams need secondary help. If the Rams sign him and are able to resign Johnson at reasonable rate they will have a top 5 or 6 defense.

  26. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 29, 2018 at 11:08 am
    I remember when Denver fans were saying they could win without a QB. They went from winning a SB to missing the playoffs to the bottom of their division.

    Could NE fans be saying the same thing?

  27. kcflake says:
    January 29, 2018 at 6:56 am
    We would happily take talib in Kansas City

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    LOL, I was going to say the same for Oakland. At least you have Peters…

  28. Another elite player waived by the Broncos because of cap mismanagement by Elway. It’s a shame for Broncos fans. Talib is still one of the best corners in the game.

  29. whywerule says:
    January 29, 2018 at 6:49 am
    Serious question for Broncos fans. Do you believe that Thomas is worth a $12 million+ cap hit in 2018?

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    No. I’ve been saying since Sanders joined the team that Sanders has been infinitely more important to the team.

    Thomas plays well when the team is playing well. He cant spark anything on his own

    He also has some very concerning hip issues. You hear reports of him barely able to walk after games

    The problem is they’ve missed on a lot of their WR draft picks so they dont have anyone to replace him with

  30. Yes Tablib will be gone one way or the other. I am from Denver & listen to sports radio all day long & have been to many training camps for years. Talib is a bit unique. He was making 4.8m at NE & Denver picked him up for about 9m a year avg. Nice pick up & unlike a lot of shut down corners ( see Revis) he really was a shutdown corner. PFF rated him in the 90’s last 2 yrs. Talib is #15 in NFL Chris Harris is #29. And while Talib has been a bit “rough” ie shooting himself & grabbing Crabtree’s chain, he has shown up every week & his team mates love him. As for Miami fan saying he’s a cancer how about Ritchie Incognito? As for DT, Sanders etc they too may be gone. DT almost never shows up anymore & never fights for a ball. This year watching DT – Cody Latimer was far better & far cheaper. And for the idiots saying Talib would cost Denver 11 million to cut – really? How about 1 million – see Sportrac for full contract details. Same with DT he will cost 2.2 million to cut after June 1st but would save almost 8 million in salary.

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