Denver Broncos top 15 free agent signings of all-time

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos
Aqib Talib, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

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The Broncos were fresh off another embarrassing Super Bowl loss, and this franchise knows plenty of those experiences.

Nobody knows what it’s like to lose the Super Bowl in an embarrassing fashion more than John Elway, who lost some really tough games against all-time great teams throughout the early part of his NFL career.

After the Broncos lost to the Seattle Seahawks and their dominating secondary, Elway tried to build one of his own.

He knew he would have Chris Harris Jr. coming back from an ACL injury, but the Broncos needed another big-time cornerback. Most people felt he would find a way to re-sign breakthrough free agent Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The Broncos and “DRC” could not agree on a new deal for the cornerback to stay in The Mile High City. Instead, Denver signed Aqib Talib to a six-year contract.

Talib was considered a high-risk player, but that high risk paid off in a huge way for the Broncos, as Talib was an elite cornerback during his four years with the Broncos.

In 58 games, Talib picked off 11 passes and scored six touchdowns off those interceptions. Had he not scored some of those touchdowns, I don’t know what would have happened to the Broncos in the 2015 season. They needed every single point to win a lot of really close games, ultimately culminating in a No. 1 seed in the AFC West.

Talib has the type of attitude you love if he’s on your team, but hate to play against. He was an incredible Bronco. Despite only being in town for four years, he might go into the Broncos Ring of Fame someday.