The 34-year-old veteran cornerback Aqib Talib has announced his retirement from the NFL via his twitter during a conversation with Harrison Sanford on their podcast Call to the Booth.
Aqib Talib officially retires… and joins the media. And he’ll be very good. https://t.co/gxIr77LULI
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2020
Up until last season Talib was considered one of the best cornerbacks in the league. He was drafted 20th overall in the first round in 2008 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Talib played in Tampa until he was traded to the New England Patriots in late November in 2012. In New England is where Talib broke out and went to his first Pro bowl.
Before the 2014 season, Talib signed a six-year deal with the Denver Broncos. During his time in Denver, he reunited with college teammate Chris Harris Jr. and was a part of the best secondary in the league during that time known as the ‘No Fly Zone’. In 2015 Talib was a part of the Super Bowl 50 Champion Broncos team.
In 2018, the Broncos traded Talib to an emerging Los Angeles Rams where he would pair up with Marcus Peters and be a part of a loaded defense on an extremely talented team. That season Talib and the Rams fell short of a Super Bowl victory losing to the Patriots.
Last season Talib split time with the Rams and Miami Dolphins. After starting five games with the Rams, Talib landed on the IR. However, he was traded with a fifth-round pick to the Dolphins for a seventh-round selection in 2022 to clear cap space. He never played a snap for the Dolphins.
According to his podcast, Talib was offered a one-year deal worth “five and a half to six million dollars” to play nickel corner for the New England Patriots. But he turned the deal down after asking himself “Can I strap these d*mn tight ends?” Once he realized that he had doubt about his play he decided it was time to hang it up.
Talib will be mentioned in the Hall of Fame conversation and will likely wear a gold jacket one day after a great career. Throughout 12 seasons Talib had 35 interceptions, 10 pick-sixes and 125 passes defended. Talib was a five-time Pro Bowler between 2013 and 2017. He was also a First-Team All-Pro in 2016 and Second-Team All-Pro in 2013.