Aqib Talib retires after 12 NFL seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Aqib Talib has announced his retirement from the NFL. He spent 12 seasons in the league. He was a five-time Pro Bowler before his retirement.

Talib has launched a podcast “Call to the Booth.” The 34-year-old is stepping away from the game despite having “an attractive” offer.

Former Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib stands prior to the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets
Aqib Talib stands prior to the team’s NFL football game against the New York Jets (Photo by the Associated Press/Jack Dempsey)

This summer, he said that he got a call from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Talib said that the Patriots were willing to pay him $6 million to “cover tight ends.” However, he was not willing to put his body through another physical toll for the season.

“I just wasn’t feeling it no more, honestly,” he said.

Last season, he began the season with the Los Angeles Rams, then he went on injured reserve. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins; however, he never played for the team.

He was traded to the Rams after they acquired Jalen Ramsey in a blockbuster deal.

Talib previously played for the Patriots. He played for the team during parts of the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

During his career, he won a Super Bowl ring when the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Talib played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being their first-round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

He also played for the aforementioned Patriots, Broncos, and the Rams.

He played five games with the Rams in 2019, including five starts. He had 14 tackles and two pass deflections.

In his career, he appeared in 148 games, including 134 starts. He has had 462 tackles, including 12 tackles for a loss and two quarterback hits.

Talib had 1.0 sacks, 35 interceptions, including 10 returned for touchdowns, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and 125 pass deflections.

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