The Denver Broncos have signed CB Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract with $26 million included.
Filed to ESPN: Denver has reached agreement on a 6-year, $57M deal that includes $26M gtd with former Patriots CB Aqib Talib, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
The 6-1, 205-pound cornerback comes off an impressive 2013 campaign with 41 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble in 13 games (all starts) with the New England Patriots. Talib, 28, was widely regarded as one of the top free agents on the open market. He’s racked up a total of 242 tackles with a pair of forced fumbles and 23 interceptions returned for 348 yards and four scores since getting selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round (No. 20 overall) out of Kansas in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Denver attacked its secondary on the first day of free agency, landing Talib and top strong safety T.J. Ward (four-year, $23 million deal with $14 million guaranteed). Talib, 28, has gotten his act together off the field in recent years and is a Top 5 press-man corner when healthy. Look for defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to utilizie him in shadow coverage of opposing No. 1 receivers. The Broncos have drafted well under GM John Elway, have a lot of salary cap space to show for it with so many players on cheap rookie contracts, and Peyton Manning has 1-2 years left in the tank. We can’t blame the team for going all in.
Written By Michael Gartman @_MichaelGartman on Twitter
Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and NFC West Lead Writer and the Founder, CEO of GridironGrit.com and senior writer and editor for NFL Draft insiders.
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