Patriots, Broncos reached standoff, so Aqib Talib was shipped to Rams, report says

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Cornerback Aqib Talib had six interceptions in his four seasons in Denver.

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Aqib Talib wanted to get cut so he could choose his next destination, and the Patriots were high on his wish list.

Talib didn’t get his wish.


The Denver Broncos shipped the star cornerback to the Los Angeles Rams for a fifth-round pick Thursday night, according to NFL Network.

The network reported that the Patriots and the Broncos were in a standoff for Talib, 32. The Broncos then wasted little time finding a trade partner in the Rams, whose defensive coordinator is Wade Phillips. Phillips was a former defensive coordinator in Denver, and worked well with Talib.

The Patriots have been linked with Richard Sherman, another star cornerback who believes his days in Seattle are numbered.

Where Malcolm Butler will land remains a mystery. The cornerback did not play a defensive snap for the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

The league year begins for real on Wednesday.