- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

Denver Broncos fiery cornerback Aqib Talib’s taunting and face mask fouls proved costlier five days later than they did in Super Bowl 50.

Talib was fined a total of $26,044 on Friday for the flags that he incurred in the first half of Denver’s 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Teammate Malik Jackson was docked $8,681 for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter and Carolina third-string quarterback Joe Webb was fined $8,681 for unnecessary roughness in the chaotic moments following the final play of the game.

Talib was whistled for taunting in the first quarter, keeping a Carolina drive alive. He later grabbed wide receiver Corey Brown’s face mask in the second quarter following a 13-yard catch at the Denver 2, essentially a 1-yard penalty that preceded Carolina’s only touchdown.

Afterward, Talib admitted he grabbed Brown’s face mask on purpose to send a message and was expecting to get fined, adding: “But hey, we’re world champs.”

Factoring in fines he was expecting to get and the many $1,800 tickets he bought for friends and family, Talib admitted he probably lost money on Sunday even with the $102,000 bonus check going to each member of the winning team.

Not that it bothered Talib, who made $5.5 million in 2015 - minus the $323,529 game check he missed after getting suspended for poking a player in the eye.

“Yeah, but hopefully for the Super Bowl, me and myself, hopefully we made a couple million,” Talib said with a smile after posing for a selfie with the Lombardi Trophy. “I’m going to get in the shower y’all. Take care.”


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