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Report: NFL Player Traded Before Deadline Won't Play For His New Team

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Before the NFL's trade deadline lapsed, the Los Angeles Rams traded yet another former star corner. After the team shipped Marcus Peters to Baltimore, the Rams traded Aqib Talib to the Miami Dolphins in an effort to clear cap space.

Los Angeles needed to clear space to make a legitimate offer to star corner Jalen Ramsey. In order to pull that off, the Rams sent a fifth-round pick to the Dolphins in addition with Talib for a seventh-round pick.

It's a move commonly made in the NBA, but rarely in the NFL - though the Cleveland Browns made a similar move when they traded for quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Following the trade, NFL insider Ian Rapoport made it clear that Talib is likely to never suit up for the Dolphins. According to Rapoport, the team doesn't expect Talib to report to the team.

"The expectation is that Talib, who is rehabbing a rib injury, works to recover on his own while on Injured Reserve. Don’t expect him to report to Miami at this point. The relationship with coach Brian Flores helps with the plan," Rapoport reported early Wednesday morning.

Talib, 33, is on injured reserve and is likely done for the year regardless.

As for what happens next, that's still up in the air.