​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. 

​​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. 

​​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.