After already making a pair of blockbuster splashes this off-season, acquiring Pro-Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters from Kansas City and shipping linebacker Alec Ogletree to New York, the Los Angeles Rams showed Thursday that they weren’t done yet.
Thursday evening, the Rams completed a deal to acquire five-time Pro-Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2018 draft.
The #Broncos have agreed to trade CB Aqib Talib to the Rams per sources— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 9, 2018
Talib, whose name has been in various trade talks recently, was hoping to be moved to either Los Angeles or New England if traded. After trade talks with Patriots stalled, L.A became the number one option for the Broncos to ship the corner.
The Rams will be Talib’s fourth different team, having already played for the Buccaneers, Patriots, and Broncos since being drafted in 2008. A first time All-Pro in 2016, Talib won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos the same year, and hasn’t missed a Pro-Bowl since 2013.
In his four years in Denver, Talib recorded 152 tackles, averaged 1.0 sacks, and caught 11 interceptions, scoring six defensive touchdowns along the way.
The addition of Talib gives defensive coordinator Wade Phillips another weapon going into next season. Having already sent out Ogletree and defensive end Robert Quinn, the Rams continue to focus on retooling their secondary, signing former Packer’s safety Sam Shields, and placing the franchise tag on safety Lamarcus Joyner to complement Peters and Talib in the backfield.
Talib’s arrival confirms the eventual departure of cornerback Trumaine Johnson, but shows the Rams commitment to keeping free agent wide receiver Sammy Watkins in L.A, and their goal of becoming one of the most feared defensive forces in the NFC.