And on the off chance the next year proves to be a turbulent one for Talib and the Rams, the club can cut him prior to the 2019 campaign without accruing a dead cap charge and save $8 million.
The player's preference would be a return to the New England Patriots with whom he spent almost two seasons with in 2012 and 2013.
In his four years as a Bronco, Talib totaled 11 interceptions with six returned for touchdowns (most of any defender in that span), 183 total tackles, two forced fumbles, 48 pass-breakups and one sack.
Keeping Harris Jr.in Denver was extremely important for a team that reportedly is looking to trade cornerback Aqib Talib.
The Broncos ideally would like to get a trade done for Talib by the start of the new league year next Wednesday. They traded for CB Marcus Peters in February.
The 32-year-old played in 15 games last year and finished with one interception.
It also signals that Trumaine Johnson's tenure in Los Angeles has come to an end. If Shields is still in playing shape and can stay on the field, Los Angeles is four deep with starters at corner with Kayvon Webster returning, regardless of who they pick up in free agency or the draft hit. With Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Carson Wentz all in the conference, a Talib-Peters tandem is what they'll need to get to the Super Bowl.