If there’s one word to describe the offseason that the Los Angeles Rams have had, it’s active.
LA has made big moves to try and capitalize on their big-time head coach Sean McVay and the big-time potential his offense possesses. General Manager Les Snead helped orchestrate moves to trade for players like Marcus Peters, Brandin Cooks, and Aqib Talib.
The latter is a Dallas native having played his high school football in Richardson, TX. There were many Cowboys fans who actually preferred him in the 2008 NFL Draft when Dallas ultimately ended up with a different cornerback in the first round, Mike Jenkins out of South Florida.
Talib has bounced around throughout his NFL career. After being drafted by Tampa Bay he’s had stints with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos (where he helped them win Super Bowl 50) before being traded to LA this offseason.
Denver was highly interested in dealing Talib this offseason. Broncos General Manager John Elway actually struck a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, but Talib had no interest in going there so he vetoed it.
Elway eventually did the wise thing and asked Aqib who he wanted to play for. Like a lot of players, the Cowboys were on his list.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — After the 2017 season, Aqib Talib got a call from Broncos football czar John Elway: The veteran cornerback, who’d just finished his fourth season in Denver, was being traded to San Francisco. “I told him, ‘I ain’t even gonna take no physical in San Fran, so there won’t be no trade,’ ” Talib says.
Elway asked which teams Talib would play for on his existing contract. (That deal was worth $11 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019.) There were only three: the Patriots, Cowboys and Rams. This late in his career, Talib craved familiarity.
It’s funny that the story comes to us from Thousand Oaks, CA considering that’s where the Cowboys held training camp for so long back in the day.
There may be a faction of Cowboys fans upset with the organization for not trading for a player of Talib’s talents, but we don’t know if they ever had the opportunity to. The control was 100% in the hands of John Elway and the Denver Broncos, but beyond that the Cowboys are seemingly focused on youth at the position under new secondary coach and passing game coordinator Kris Richard.
Dallas has a bevy of options at cornerback: Chidobe Awuzie, Byron Jones, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis round out the top. Bringing in a player like Aqib Talib could have certainly improved the state of the secondary in the short-term, but the move may have compromised the position group long-term in not letting these young players grow and gain experience.
Are you fine with Talib ending up with the Rams? Or do you wish things had worked out differently?