Broncos recruitment continues with signing of top cornerback.
The Denver Broncos have reportedly reached an agreement over a six-year deal worth $57m, with $26m in guaranteed money, for former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib.
According to ESPN, the agreement is in place with an official announcement expected to be made as the free agency market opened on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old totalled four interceptions and 14 pass breakups last season, with 23 in total in six NFL seasons.
Given his size and playmaking ability, experts recognise his value to a team where bigger cornerbacks are needed in order to match up against skilled wide receivers, and Talib is undoubtedly a significant addition as the Broncos continue to strengthen this off-season.
One of Talib’s most impressive performances last season came against New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham as he held him to no catches although both players were forced to leave the game early with injuries.
Injuries have also cost Talib the last two AFC Championship games, but if he can stay healthy he will now form a significant part of a Broncos roster that looks determined to go all the way next season, with an announcement expected in the forthcoming days.
Nevertheless, the agreement does put Dominique Rodgers-Cromatie’s future in doubt, although the Denver Post had reported on Tuesday that the organisation were “closing in on” bringing him back.
However, given that they are now expected to complete a move for Talib, it would undoubtedly put Rodgers-Cromartie in a difficult position, with the unrestricted free agent now set to consider his options away from Denver.