Aqib Talib, CB, Denver Broncos
With the Denver Broncos potentially blowing everything up, another one of their starters winds up on this list. Aqib Talib is a well-known player for not only his on the field play, but for his other antics as well; most notably, his incident involving Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree and his gold chain.
The former Kansas Jayhawk is scheduled to make $12 million this upcoming season, and the team would save $11 million if they were to decide to move in another direction. For a team that’s not likely to make a Super Bowl run this season, it’s likely they part with that high cap number in hopes of bringing younger, cheaper players into the mix.
The Titans were able to drastically improve the backend of their defense last offseason. Adoree’ Jackson and Logan Ryan were able to produce in their first season in two-tone blue, and Kevin Byard was able to take that next step as a Pro Bowl and All-Pro caliber player. But with the road to the Super Bowl likely going through essentially just New England, you can never have enough cover corners. Not to mention, Talib brings a fire that any coach, especially Mike Vrabel, would love to have on their defense.
Now, I know Talib doesn’t seem like a Jon Robinson guy with his ‘distractions’ and other things, but what you can’t question is his competitiveness and the talent he displays to match up with almost any wideout in the game on a weekly basis. Many forget that he was a key cog for two teams that have made Super Bowl appearances.
It’ll be up to Robinson to trust the team-first culture he’s instilled in the locker room if he were to decide to bring Talib on board.