Rams trade five-time Pro Bowl CB Aqib Talib to Dolphins

The Rams are making a move at the deadline. Los Angeles is shipping cornerback Aqib Talib off to Miami, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.

Since the Dolphins have to send something back, they’re giving up an unspecified future pick in return. It’ll presumably be a conditional late-rounder. This is a straight up salary dump and not a move Miami is making for the player. We heard just a couple of days ago that the Rams were open to moving Talib, so this isn’t too surprising. Los Angeles is reportedly looking to free up money in order to extend the recently acquired Jalen Ramsey.

It makes perfect sense for the Dolphins too, as they have plenty of cap space. Talib is currently on injured reserve, so he won’t be eligible to play for a while anyway. It’s quite possible, if not likely, that Talib never ends up playing a snap for the rebuilding Dolphins. The Rams picked up $4.2M in cap space by making the trade, tweets Jason Fitzgerald of Overthecap.com. It’s the latest in a growing trend of NBA-style salary dump trades to non-contending teams. Prior to a few years ago, these moves were virtually unheard of in the NFL.

Talib is 33 now, and he didn’t look his best before going on IR with a rib issue. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it’ll be very interesting to see what his market looks like. He’s obviously getting up there in age, but he should still receive some interest due to his pedigree. The former Buccaneer, Patriot and Bronco made five straight Pro Bowls from 2013-17.

By: Andrew Ortenberg


Kirk Cousins Chases Down Aqib Talib to Strip Him

Written by James Walker at ESPN.com

Quarterback Kirk Cousins did something the Washington Redskins most certainly didn’t like in the final minutes of Sunday’s Pro Bowl.

Cousins’ fiery competitiveness came out late, when he hustled down the field after throwing an interception to Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who lateraled the ball to Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib. Cousins chased down Talib and swiped down with his right, throwing arm to cause a fumble and prevent a touchdown.

Both players landed hard but were not injured.

“It’s because I want to win, man,” Cousins told ESPN after the game of why he went for the fumble.

Cousins, a pending free agent, is set to get a big contract extension or a franchise tag worth approximately $24 million.

“I thought I had a chance to strip it, and maybe we’d recovered it,” Cousins said. “I don’t know. Something could’ve happened. You never know. You got to play it all the way through.”

The AFC won the game 20-13 in one of the most competitive Pro Bowls in recent memory. Cousins’ hustle was a good example of that, though the play surely made Washington and Cousins’ representative hold their collective breath.

Cousins said that in the moment he wasn’t thinking about preserving his health or his upcoming contract.

“No, I just wanted to make the play,” he said.

Talib said he was caught by surprise that the quarterback was hustling to catch him from behind in the Pro Bowl.

“I didn’t know,” Talib said, laughing. “I saw a lineman, and when I looked this way, I saw another lineman. I thought I was going to walk in, and [Cousins] came and got me.

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Aqib Talib Shot in the Leg

Written By Nicki Jhabvala at Denver Post.com

Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib was released from a Dallas hospital Monday and is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a gunshot wound in his lower right leg Sunday. But he is not expected to participate much, if at all, in the remainder of the team’s organized team activities.

Details are murky on what happened early Sunday at a strip club in Dallas, where two others were injured from gunshots.

“Everything was a blur, and I was too intoxicated to remember what happened,” Talib told Dallas police, according to WFAA-TV’s Rebecca Lopez.

According to WFAA, Talib also told the police that he was at a park with a large group when he was shot at about 3:40 a.m.

Lopez reported officials are looking into the possibility that Talib was at a club and not a park, as he said, when he and the two others were shot.

Citing the police report, Lopez said a bullet entered through the rear of Talib’s right thigh and exited out his right calf.

Sunday night, Dallas police posted online the few details they had about two reported shootings. About 2:45 a.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting victim at Medical City Dallas Hospital. The victim told police he was shot nearby, and detectives were investigating whether the incident was connected to the shooting at the V Live strip club on Empire Central Drive.

The incident reports revealed the names of the two other men who were shot — Vernon White, 29, and Glen Lumpkin, 20 — and listed the suspect as unknown to all three men. Few other details were provided.

TMZ obtained footage of the shooting at the club. Four shots can be heard, but it’s unclear who fired them. It’s also unclear whether the events depicted in the edited video are presented in the correct order.

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NFL may Suspend Talib for Vicious Facemask Penalty

Written by Phil Perry at CSNNE.com

Aqib Talib’s facemask penalty in the Super Bowl 50 didn’t cost the Broncos much in terms of yardage, but it may cost Talib playing time.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Broncos corner may face a suspension from the NFL due to the flag he incurred when he grabbed onto Carolina receiver Corey Brown’s facemask and twisted him to the ground.

In the second quarter, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed a pass to Brown, who was violently hauled down at the five-yard line by Talib. The personal foul penalty only added 2.5 yards onto the gain since it was a half-the-distance-to-the-goal foul, and afterward Talib couldn’t have been less concerned.

It was actually Talib’s second personal-foul penalty of the game. Earlier in the contest, he and Brown got into a confrontation near the Broncos sideline that gave the Panthers 15 yards a first down.

“It was B.S. flags,” Talib told reporters after the game. €”One was on our sidelines [for taunting] –-€” the guy was talking on our sideline. One I just did on purpose, and I just had to show him. It’€™s probably going to be a fine. But, hey, we’€™re world champs.”

Talib added: “My teammates knew what it was. He was on the three-yard line. [With] a personal foul, he was on the one-and-a-half-yard line, so it is what it is.”

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