Dolphins trade for CB Aqib Talib, acquire Rams’ NFL draft pick


For the winless Dolphins, this move is essentially to buy a draft pick, as Talib is now on injured reserve.

L.A. shipped veteran corner Aqib Talib and a fifth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a late-round future draft pick, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports.

Talib, 33, is now on injured reserve after fracturing his ribs against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5, which means the Dolphins basically just purchased a draft pick by trading for him.

Last season, Talib was brought on board while Los Angeles was going through their "win now" phase to put the team in the best position possible to win the Super Bowl, and it nearly almost worked. That also made the call to trade Talib easier, given the confidence Los Angeles has in Hill.

But one has to wonder how this trade benefits Miami long term.

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By trading Talib, the Rams clear up salary-cap space to possibly sign Ramsey to a long-term contract extension.

The winless Dolphins essentially bought a fifth-round draft pick from the Rams to pay the remaining balance of Talib's $4.2 million contract this season.

Talib, 33, is in the final year of a deal that he signed with the Denver Broncos in 2014.

Despite the uneventful Tuesday, extensive trade activity marked this October, led by the Los Angeles Rams' acquisition of cornerback Jalen Ramsey for two first-rounders.

The 2019 National Football League trading season delivered no shortage of high-profile moves before fizzling out as the deadline passed Tuesday. He can come back to play later in the year. Talib and Brian Flores are no strangers as both were in New England.