The game of musical chairs that unfolded among and between cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Aqib Talib, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had another interesting twist.

Per a league source, the Broncos tried after giving up on Rodgers-Cromartie but before considering Talib to acquire Revis.

As the source explains it, DRC declined to accept a deal believed to be worth $54 million over six years. So the team decided to contact Camp Revis, offering roughly the same package that Talib ultimately accepted. Revis declined, holding firm to his demand for $12 million per year.

At that point, the Broncos landed in the Talib business. He’ll get $11.5 million this year, plus up to another $500,000 via per-game roster bonuses. If he plays all 16 games (something he’s never done), Talib will be paid $12 million for 2014.

In 2015, a base salary of $5.5 million is guaranteed for injury only until the third day of the league year. At that point, it becomes fully guaranteed. There’s also another $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses.