The Denver Broncos made their way to Super Bowl success last season off the backs of their standout defense, easily boasting the best unit in the entire NFL.
With several changes throughout the team, not least the promotion of backup Trevor Siemian to the starting quarterback position, the Broncos seemingly aren't done with their rebuild.
This is after it was reported yesterday that the Colorado-based franchise could be shipping one core member of that league-leading defense as Aqib Talib is apparently on the trade block.
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According to a report from Dianna Russini of ESPN, the Broncos had started to shop Talib's name around to see what they could get for the 30-year-old cornerback.
The three-time Pro Bowler was a big piece of the Broncos imperious pass defense all throughout last season, hauling in three interceptions to go along with his 45 tackles on the year.
However, despite the rumors of the move, the Broncos have gone on the front foot, with general manager John Elway coming out and denying the possibility that Talib was ever on the trade block to begin with.
"False. [Talib's] name was never brought up anywhere," Elway is reported to have said yesterday.
We will have to wait and find out if the Broncos are telling the truth here or not. 2016 will be Talib's ninth season in the NFL and most corners don't stay at the top of their game too long after turning 30.
Talib himself had an eventful off-season, which saw him forced to miss the Broncos' trip to the White House to meet the President after apparently accidentally shooting himself in the leg back in June.