Saying Goodbye to Aqib Talib
One of the toughest goodbyes of the offseason was the decision to trade cornerback Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams.
It was an expected move, as Talib would have cost the Broncos $12 million in 2018 with just a $1 million dead cap hit if they traded him.
The Rams took on the $11 million difference and sent the Broncos a fifth-round pick in exchange for the star corner.
In his four seasons with Denver, Talib was one of the best defensive players in the entire league.
He played 58 games and racked up 152 tackles, 11 interceptions, six touchdowns, two fumble recoveries, and a whopping 50 pass breakups.
Perhaps most notably, Talib also snatched two chains.
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Talib was an incredible free agent pickup for the Broncos in 2014, despite the fact that they were expected to throw a bunch of money at Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
When the team signed Talib away from the New England Patriots, it helped give them the best secondary in the NFL over the last four years. Talib was a true shut-down corner for the Broncos and one of the best defensive playmakers in the NFL.
He had more touchdowns than a number of offensive players over that time period for Denver.
Saying goodbye to Talib was anticipated, but still difficult for most of Broncos Country.