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Potential Trading Partners for Aqib Talib

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Denver is looking to trade cornerback Aqib Talib, he is 32, with his skill set he could be a welcomed edition to teams in need of a veteran defensive back in order to help their secondary.  Where could Aqib Talib be traded?  Here are some potential trading partners.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

The Colts are currently picking 3rd overall, and there could teams looking to move up to that spot in order to take a quarterback, Denver is need of a quarterback themselves.  Denver could make a package deal including their first round pick (5th pick in that round), Denver could move up and get their future quarterback, the Colts can move back 2 spots, get Talib and other picks.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Cleveland hold the 1st and 4th picks in the first round of this years draft, it is possible that the Broncos could attempt to move up one spot to the 4th pick in order to ensure they can get a quarterback.  Much like the Colts at 3, the Browns could move out of this spot.  If the Browns are to take a quarterback, it would make sense for it to be the top pick of the draft, meaning they can trade back a spot from 4 to 5 and get Talib in the deal.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Per www.overthecap.com, the 49ers are expected to have over $114,000 in cap space, even with a deal for their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looming, the 49ers can still afford Talib.  Based on the season ended for this team, they might be closer to being a contender than previously thought.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seattle will have to find a way to afford Talib in regards to salary cap, but they can add him to the Legion Of Boom, Seattle would have him opposite of cornerback Richard Sherman, which could create a dynamic duo of cornerbacks.  The Rams, who won the division are loaded with offensive talent, their division has talent on offense as does the NFC, adding Talib would be helpful to making the Seahawks defense harder to throw on.

TENNESSEE TITANS

Acquiring Talib who has two years left on his deal would be of benefit for the Titans, it can help bolster their secondary, which ranked 25th in yards allowed in 2017 and 24th in passing touchdowns allowed.  In a pass happy league, having a cornerback like Talib helps.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England may not want to pay Talib’s full salary, but if they can work it out, he would be back for his second tour in New England.  Super Bowl 49 Malcolm Butler could be on his way out New England this offseason, and Talib could be his replacement, playing opposite of Stephon Gilmore.

 

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Bengals Sign Thomas Rawls

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed veteran running back Thomas Rawls, according to a team announcement.

In a corresponding move, the Bengals have waived/injured running back Tra Carson.

With starting running back Joe Mixon temporarily on the shelf due to a knee issue, Rawls will provide depth, alongside rookie Mark Walton, as Giovanni Bernard takes over lead back duties until Mixon returns.

 

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Patriots Sign Cyrus Jones

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The New England Patriots have signed cornerback Cyrus Jones off of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

In a corresponding move, the Patriots released recently signed running back Kenjon Barner. Jones’ new deal with the Patriots, who released him earlier this month, is for a reported two-years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Steelers’ Antonio Brown Misses Practice, Agent Denies Trade Request

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown was a no-show for practice on Monday, fueling trade speculation after an interesting exchange on Twitter with a former team employee, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac.

Brown responded to the former employee’s belief that Brown would not be an elite receiver without the help of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger but tweeting “Trade me let’s find out”.

While the absence raises eyebrows, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Brown has not requested a trade.

Additionally, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus released the following statement shutting down any rumors that Brown has requested a trade, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“The tweet [on Monday] was not in reference to anything other than Antonio responding to a person he knows. It was not directed towards a trade, or wanting to be trading. Any idea he was asking for a trade is not accurate, Antonio had a personal matter. I talked to the team about it. His issue was unrelated to the tweet or his relationship with the team. Third, AB has an incredible drive to win. He just wants to win. That’s all that that is, that’s not anything more than him encouraging his coaches and teammates to win. And that’s what his entire focus is on. Any notion, any speculation otherwise, can be put to bed. This is a non-story that has been blown out of proportion. We can end this right here and now.”

 

 

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