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Broncos swoop in and sign CB Aqib Talib; could DeMarcus Ware be next?

NFL: AFC Championship-New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
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January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Denver Broncos are not taking this losing the Super Bowl business quietly. They want back in the big game badly, if their early free-agent maneuvering is any indication.

The Broncos have signed former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib to a monster contract, the second big move the team has made to upgrade its secondary in the first day of free agency.

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Earlier Tuesday, the Broncos signed safety T.J. Ward to a contract. These moves should help a defense that was good but not elite last season.

But more help could be on the way. Several reports have free-agent pass rusher DeMarcus Ware heading to Denver to possbily take a physical with the Broncos and perhaps sign as soon as Wednesday.

A Ware-Von Miller pass rush combination would be even more exciting than a Talib-Ward secondary pairing, but most importantly, it would give the Broncos some serious firepower defensively that they lacked previously.

But Talib is a risk, too. He's had hip injuries and also has incurred off-field issues, which ran him out of Tampa Bay just a few years ago. Plus, last we saw of him, he was being taken out in the playoff game ... by the Broncos' Wes Welker on a play that Bill Belichick called one of the dirtiest he had ever seen. Clearly, Talib disgareed — or has forgotten, or charmed by dollar signs, whatever.

As for the Patriots, losing Talib hurts. But they would have to be considered among the favorites to go after Darrelle Revis once he is cut, assuming neither the Oakland Raiders nor Cleveland Browns can consummate a trade for him.

What a confulence of events, less than 24 hours into the new league year. And there's more coming.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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