Report: Broncos to trade Talib to Rams for 5th-round pick
In return, the Broncos are expected to receive a 2018 fifth-round draft choice, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The Talib acquisition continues what has been a stunning offseason already for the Rams, particularly on defense. Los Angeles previously agreed to acquire two-time All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs, and will now have Talib, a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, to pair with him.
The Rams also signed former Pro Bowl cornerback Sam Shields on Thursday, as the former Green Bay Packer appears ready to resume his career after sitting out the 2017 season due to concussion-related issues.
In separate trades, Los Angeles has gotten rid of linebacker Alec Ogletree and defensive end Robert Quinn over the last couple of weeks.
Talib, a veteran of 10 NFL seasons, spent the last four years in Denver, and still has two campaigns left on his deal. The Rams will take on his contract as is, a source told Pro Football Talk, meaning the 32-year-old will be in line to earn $11 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019.
Despite his relatively advanced age, Talib remained effective last year in the Broncos' formidable secondary. He's been named to the Pro Bowl each of the last five seasons.
He was believed to be in favor of a release over a trade so that he could choose his next team, but his familiarity with Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips comforted his move to Hollywood. If it wasn't the Rams and Phillips, Talib was hoping to return to the New England Patriots where he'd reunite with head coach Bill Belichick, according to Schefter.