Talib rejected to trade to 49ers before Sherman signing

Ruben Hill
March 13, 2018

Schefter previously reported that Talib only wanted to play for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in L.A. or head coach Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, cornerback Aqib Talib rejected a trade to the San Francisco 49ers before being shipped from the Denver Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams on March 8.

By virtue of missing out on Talib, the Niners instead signed Richard Sherman on Saturday to a three-year deal worth up to $39.15 million, per ESPN's Josina Anderson.

When the Kansas City Chiefs made Marcus Peters available, the only other team that truly competed with the Los Angeles Rams for his services was the San Francisco 49ers. In a way, the decision by the Rams to use the franchise tag for a second year in a row was clearly a desperation move since they couldn't afford to lose Johnson to another team if he were to become a free agent.

Pro Football Focus graded Talib and Peters 15th and 17th, respectively, among 121 cornerbacks last season; Sherman came in at No. 33.

Talib, 32, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, the last four of which came with the Broncos. Although Talib has 34 career interceptions, Sherman's 32 interceptions since debuting in National Football League is the most by any other cornerback during that span of time. Sherman's contract with the 49ers is actually a more team-friendly deal than Talib's because much of Sherman's pay is wrapped up in playing and playing well, with per-game roster bonuses and a Pro Bowl incentive bonus.

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