CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- As the clock ticked toward the 53-man roster deadline Saturday, a curveball flung through Dove Valley regarding a Broncos cornerback. An ESPN reporter tweeted the Broncos were willing to deal Aqib Talib for the right price.
General manager John Elway denied the report.
"False. False. His name was never brought up anywhere," Elway said on Saturday afternoon.
The Broncos have remained loyal to Talib despite multiple off-season brushes with the law. Talib was involved in an incident on June 5 where he was shot in the back of his right leg. He spent time on crutches and missed part of training camp as he recovered. The Dallas Police department continues to investigate the incident, trying to determine Talib's role. Given recent history, it's possible, if not likely, the NFL will not decide whether to discipline Talib until resolution by law enforcement.
The Broncos expect Talib to be available for Thursday's season-opener against the Carolina Panthers.
"We've heard nothing (from the league)," Elway said. "We're full speed ahead. It would be very disappointing if we heard something at this point in time."
Talib signed a six-year, $57-million contract before the 2013 season. He has made the Pro Bowl in his first two years with the Broncos. The contract was front-loaded, leaving only $2 million in dead salary cap money next season. Talib is due $8.5 million in base salary this season.