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2018 NFL free agency: Patriots will not get Aqib Talib as Broncos trade him to Rams

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There will be no reunion.

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With Malcolm Butler expected to leave via unrestricted free agency, the New England Patriots are in the market for a cornerback. One of the potential targets: the Denver Broncos' Aqib Talib, who spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the Patriots and was put on the trading block this season. Despite a $11.0 million salary cap hit in 2018, a reunion between the Patriots and their former number one cornerback was a possibility.

Was, because Talib will not return to New England. According to NFL Network's James Palmer, the 32-year old has been shipped to the Los Angeles Rams:

The #Broncos have agreed to trade CB Aqib Talib to the Rams per sources

A follow-up report by ESPN's Adam Schefter specified the terms of the deal:

Rams are expected to trade a 2018 fifth-round pick to Broncos for CB Aqib Talib, per source.

The move gives Los Angeles another top-tier cornerback after the team already acquired ex-Kansas City Chief Marcus Peters earlier this offseason. For New England, this means that a) the team still has a need at cornerback, while b) the focus could now potentially shift to another big-name defender: Richard Sherman, who is expected to get released by the Seattle Seahawks as early as tomorrow.