Five-time pro bowler Aqib Talib announced his retirement from the NFL in his new podcast on Wednesday.
The talkative cornerback said he turned down an offer to rejoin the New England Patriots last month.
Talib said he was thrilled to be reuniting with Bill Belichick and that both the role (which covers tight ends) and the money ($ 6 million) were good.
"I can make $ 6 million all day guarding tight ends," Talib said. "I like, I'm cool."
After looking at flights and apartments, Talib glanced at the Patriots' schedule, wondering if he really wanted to cover George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Darren Waller and Noah Fant, among others.
"You look at the Patriots' schedule, it's one tight end at a time, week after week," Talib said on his podcast. "Call to the Booth."
So the 34-year-old Talib rejected Belichick's overture.
"My heart, my competitive advantage, I'm not really there anymore," said Talib.
Talib, selected in the first round by the Buccaneers in 2008, played in New England in 2012-13 after being traded from Tampa Bay in the mid-season.
In 2014 he joined the Denver Broncos as a free agent. He won a Super Bowl with the Broncos and tore off Michael Crabtree's gold chain.
He ended his career with two injury-filled seasons with the Rams, sustaining an ankle injury in 2018 and injuring his ribs in 2019 when he was brought to Miami, where he never got fit.
Talib had 35 career interceptions and four fiddly recoveries. His 10 defensive touchdowns were three fewer than Charles Woodson's NFL record.
"Aqib, meet him man, he was such a big part of the type of player I am now," said Justin Simmons, security officer at Broncos All-Pro. "… He's one of those people you just love to have on your team. He's always got your back."
Talib told The Associated Press that his favorite memories were in Denver.
"In any case, that Super Bowl 50 win, that falling confetti, the parade, the whole nine meters, that was by far my fondest memory," said Talib.
He said he enjoyed playing in Denver's No-Fly Zone secondary school alongside Darius Stewart, Chris Harris Jr., T.J. Ward and Bradley Roby.
"It was a match that made it heaven," said Talib. “We all knew how to treat each other, we all knew how to work together. It was stupid to be part of one of the best secondaries in history. "
Talib said football is still in his blood and that is why he stays on the media side of the game.
"I'm going to get my shot on the show and stuff. I'll talk to a few people now, we'll see how it goes," said Talib. "I also got my podcast" Call to the Booth "going. We'll talk a little football and have a little fun. "