03/08/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2018 18:57
Although the 49ers have had 'pretty intense conversations' regarding Talib, Rapoport revealed on Up to the Minute Live that trade will not happen.
Aware of Talib's affinity for Bill Belichick and his staff, the Broncos are not wild about the idea of setting the veteran free to join the Patriots without receiving compensation in return. Belichick, meanwhile, isn't enthusiastic about the prospect of surrendering draft capital for a player seemingly destined to be released.
'I do know that there's interest from Talib in going back to New England,' Rapoport emphasized. 'And, of course, that would make a lot of sense.'
The Broncos would like interested teams to believe they are in no hurry to jettison Talib because no part of his contract is guaranteed until 53-man rosters are set on September 1, per Mike Klis of KUSA in Denver. In reality, however, the team's brass would prefer to erase Talib's $11 million salary from the books in time to pursue a free-agent quarterback such as Kirk Cousins by the start of the NFL league year next Wednesday.
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