Rams send CB Aqib Talib, pick to Dolphins for late-rounder

Asked if the way the Rams have played the last two weeks gave the club the confidence to trade Talib, McVay said: "That's been part of it".

Miami strictly made the deal because the Rams, who were merely trying to dump Talib's salary in order to free up money to extend fellow cornerback Jalen Ramsey, included a fifth-round draft pick.

First off, with all due respect to the Dolphins, one can only imagine how Talib is feeling go from a top contender in the NFC to a team in Miami still in search of their first win in 2019 entering Week 9.

Talib is now on IR.

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The 33-year-old Talib is in the final season of a six-year deal worth $57m and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020. The Dolphins made a similar move over the summer, trading quarterback Ryan Tannehill and a sixth-round pick to Tennessee for a fourth-round pick while paying a portion of Tannehill's contract - essentially buying a pick. Miami could opt to try and keep him long-term on an extension if he works out over the remaining games.

Flores has familiarity with Talib from when both were with the Patriots.

Talib will bring a veteran to the locker room and should integrate well with the team. That was far from Cooks' first concussion, as he suffered one against Seattle in Week 5, against Seattle last season, and in the Super Bowl in 2017 when he played for New England.

While he is not what the Dolphins would typically look at, the reality is Miami needs the secondary help and could use the leadership. L.A. has been trying to move Talib's contract since the former Pro Bowl corner landed on IR.

  • Lawrence Cooper