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Aqib Talib Reportedly Fined $26,044 for Super Bowl Penalties: Details, Reaction

Denver Broncos’ Aqib Talib (21) tackles Carolina Panthers’ Corey Brown (10) after he caught a pass during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. Talib was penalized for grabbing Brown's facemask.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib received $26,044 in fines on Friday for two penalties during the team's Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Talib received punishments for two separate calls, one for a facemask and one for taunting.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported earlier in the week that the NFL was considering suspending Talib for the facemask. Not only did he grab Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown by the helmet and toss him down, but he also later admitted it was intentional.

Doug Kyed of NESN.com passed along postgame comments from the defensive back about the calls against him, both of which occurred in the first half.

"It was all good," Talib said. "It was B.S. flags. One was on our sidelines—the guy was talking on our sideline. One I just did on purpose, and I just had to show him. It's probably going to be a fine, but hey, we're world champs."

Ultimately, walking away with just the fines as opposed to potentially missing a game or two early next season is good news for Talib. Chris Isidore of CNN Money noted that members of the Broncos each received a $102,000 bonus for winning the Super Bowl, which easily covers the punishment.

Between Talib's comments about the penalties and the fact that he was suspended one game earlier in the season for poking Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye, a case could have been made for a suspension in this case as well.

However, the NFL seems to have shown Talib a bit of leniency, as he'll only need to pay the fines in order to be available for Week 1 next season.

 

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