Rams Trade CB Aqib Talib To…Dolphins

Tim Kelly
October 29, 2019 - 2:21 pm

In what will likely be the most surprising trade of the day, the Los Angeles Rams have traded cornerback Aqib Talib to the winless Miami Dolphins.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news, saying that Talib will head to Miami with a fifth round pick for an undisclosed future pick.

From the Dolphins perspective, this appears to have essentially been a way to buy a fifth-round draft pick. The six-year/$57 million deal that Talib initially signed with the Denver Broncos ahead of the 2014 season will conclude at the end of the 2019 season. Talib was placed on injured reserve with a rib injury earlier this month, so he's unlikely to play a snap for the team.

It's not immediately clear when the fifth round pick the Dolphins acquired is for, though if it's in 2020, it would add onto a haul of picks already in the team's back pocket. The Dolphins, currently 0-8, already own two picks in every round of the 2020 NFL Draft except the third.

Talib is the second Rams cornerback to be traded this month, as the team traded Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 15. Just hours later, they acquired All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ramsey has one year remaining on his rookie contract, but given that the Rams sent two first-round picks and a fourth-round pick to Jacksonville for him, one would think their eventual plan is to re-sign him to a long-term deal.

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