Aqib Talib rejected trade to 49ers before being dealt to Rams

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib

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From sending Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants to clear up some salary cap space to agreeing to trades that will bring Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib on board to provide a new duo at cornerback, the Rams are in a win-now mode to build off last year's surprise success in which they won the NFC West title.

Denver had agreed to ship Talib to San Francisco but it was called off when he rejected the trade, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Talib, who ranks second with 34 interceptions since 2008, is 32, but he's also healthier, with Sherman still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon - the same injury that plagued cornerback Kayvon Webster and prompted the Rams to get so aggressive at this position in the first place.

"Talib rejected a trade that was agreed to between Denver and San Francisco; wouldn't report", Schefter tweeted.

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In seven National Football League seasons, Sherman has won a Super Bowl, made four Pro Bowls and been named a first-team All-Pro on three occasions. Talib is also glad that the trade landed him in Los Angeles and said that he understands the Broncos' need to keep the younger guys around. Although Talib has 34 career interceptions, Sherman's 32 interceptions since debuting in National Football League is the most by any other cornerback during that span of time. Sherman's contract with the 49ers is actually a more team-friendly deal than Talib's because much of Sherman's pay is wrapped up in playing and playing well, with per-game roster bonuses and a Pro Bowl incentive bonus.

Peters, with an NFL-leading 19 interceptions since 2015, is nearly five years younger than Sherman, who turns 30 at the end of this month.

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