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.
Filed to ESPN: Denver has reached agreement on a 6-year, $57M deal that includes $26M gtd with former Patriots CB Aqib Talib, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
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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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