13 March 2014

Broncos Sign Talib To Six-Year, $57 Million Deal


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Toppled by the league’s best secondary, the Denver Broncos made a crucial step in the first day of the free agency to establish their defensive backfield to a somewhat similar model.

Broncos signed former Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward to a four-year, $23 million deal, with $14 million guaranteed. As an added measure, they also made a bigger splash by signing former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million deal with $26 million guaranteed.

A Big Spending

It’s a significant amount for someone who’s never played 16 games in a season, as Talib was selected in the first round of the 2008 draft out of Kansas. He also had league suspensions before he played well for the Patriots.

Aqib Talib had been given a four-game suspension the month before a violation of the NFL’s rule on performance-improving substances.

In Other Denver News

The Broncos ended discussions with ex-cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, also a free agent. This means that Chris Harris will likely be lined up opposite Talib.

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