The Dallas Cowboys are trying to upgrade their defense this offseason, but they have been relatively quiet so far.
On Monday, there were reports that the Cowboys are interested in acquiring Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib from the Denver Broncos.
With Denver not close to being back in contention, it appears John Elway is considering hitting the reset button and getting rid of a few large contracts because the Broncos announced they have put Talib on the trading block.
Soon after the team announced that they were entertaining offers for Talib, Broncos insider Troy Renck said he wouldn’t put it past the Cowboys to land Talib. He also added that the Broncos might be forced to release the Pro Bowler, which will make it easier for teams to sign him because they won’t have to give up anything in return.
“Teams might wait to see if #Broncos Talib will be released. But he has trade value and that option will be explored first. Teams to keep an eye on that could be fit: Rams, 49ers. I also won’t rule out #Cowboys, especially if Talib hits open market. #Denver7”
Talib, who had 31 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown during the 2017 season, has two years left on a contract that will pay him salaries of $11 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019.
If the Cowboys are patient and the Broncos release him, they will likely be able to sign him to a cheaper deal or a deal that is incentive laden and won’t mess their cap numbers up too much.
Talib can be a great asset for a Cowboys team with a young secondary. But he is also a head case and the Cowboys already have a few on the team, which might deter them from going after him.