The Broncos and Rams agreed to a trade this evening that sent star cornerback Aqib Talib to L.A. in return for a fifth round pick.
Broncos fans understandably expected a larger return for Talib who has made five consecutive Pro-Bowl appearances and is widely considered to be one of the best cornerbacks in the league.
Rams are expected to trade a 2018 fifth-round pick to Broncos for CB Aqib Talib, per source. https://t.co/y5eQAfOErx— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2018
One of the biggest reasons why the return for Talib was so small was because of the precedent set this offseason by the Rams and Chiefs. The two teams completed a trade for Marcus Peters that yielded a fourth and second round picks as a return.
Peters, like Talib, is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, so the Peters deal set the tone for the trade value of high end cornerbacks for the offseason and it reflected a low value for those players.
NFL Network's @RapSheet reports the #Chiefs received a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 second-rounder from the #Rams for cornerback Marcus Peters.— 104.3 The FAN (@1043TheFan) February 26, 2018
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The Rams were able to set the market with the Peters trade and used it to their advantage to steal Talib from the Broncos with a low ball offer.
Broncos fans can blame Talib's reported dissatisfaction with the team for his low trade value, but the Peters trade set Denver up to receive a meager package for the cornerback.