Rams open to trading CB Aqib Talib
The Los Angeles Rams are doing everything they can to free up some money to pay Jalen Ramsey. According to Adam Schefter, Los Angeles is open to trading Aqib Talib or other veterans ahead of the trade deadline.
Sources: Rams open to dealing Aqib Talib, other veterans to free up payroll to try to pay Jalen Ramsey.https://t.co/2SiUkIs3Yn
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2019
When the Rams gave up two first-round picks and a fourth-rounder for Ramsey, they knew they were going to have to pay the All-Pro cornerback in the near future. Due to Ramsey being arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, it’s safe to assume that he will garner the highest-paid contract at his position.
Ramsey is in the second-to-last year of his rookie contract and he is set to be the highest-paid corner (in terms of base salary) in 2020. That is due to him having his fifth-year option picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the season.
Nevertheless, Los Angeles currently doesn’t have sufficient funds to pay their shutdown corner. As a result, the Rams are going to need to create some cap space by ridding of some of their experienced players—including Talib.
Presently, Talib is sitting on injured reserve with a rib injury that he sustained in Week 5. Despite being on injured reserve, the veteran cornerback is still able to be traded by Tuesday’s trade deadline.
At 33-years-old, Talib is in the final year of the six-year, $57 million deal he signed with Denver Broncos in 2014. Of course, the Rams acquired him from the Broncos prior to the 2018 season.
Over the past two seasons, Talib has been hindered by injuries; missing 11 games (including Sunday) with the Rams. As the Rams move forward with Ramsey as their No. 1 cornerback, they have begun to look forward to life without Talib.