The Los Angeles Rams opted to part ways with veteran CB Aqib Talib and a 2020 fifth round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are expected to surrender a future NFL Draft pick according to NFL Insider, Adam Schefter.
This transaction is more of a salary dump than anything for the Rams. Currently, Talib is on the IR list with a possibility of coming back in the last few games of the season after fracturing a rib earlier this season. The Rams will save approximately $4.2 million, which leaves them with a little over $10 million in cap space for this season.
While purely speculation, this likely means the Rams are attempting to alleviate some cap space for potential incoming players. There are a lot of player on the trade block at this year’s trade deadline, so chances are the Rams aren’t done dealing just yet.
Talib had a solid season last year, but the aging corner struggled this season. His contract is set to expire in the offseason, so the Rams are attempting to salvage anything for him. In a little over a season with the Rams, Talib earned 37 tackles, seven pass deflections and one interception.