$26K of Aqib Talib's $102K Super Bowl bonus will go toward fines

Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib told reporters after the Super Bowl that he intentionally yanked the facemask of Panthers wide receiver Philly Brown. It was one of three first-half penalties against Talib, who sounded equal parts indifferent and defiant when asked about them.

"It was B.S. flags," he said. "One was on our sidelines [for taunting] -- the guy [Brown] 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."

And now the league has weighed in, fining Talib $26,044 for the two personal-foul penalties. That's the bad news. The good news is that Talib earned an extra $102,000 for the Broncos' Super Bowl victory.

And there's potentially more bad news for future players who commit two personal fouls in a game: In the days leading up to the Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested they should be ejected.

Aqib Talib admits he yanked Philly Brown's facemask on purpose. (USATSI)
Aqib Talib admits he yanked Philly Brown's facemask on purpose. (USATSI)

"I believe that the league should pursue a policy where if there are two personal fouls in a game, there's an automatic ejection of the player," Goodell said during his Super Bowl press conference. "I believe that that's consistent with what we believe are safety issues, but I also believe it's consistent with what we believe are the standards of sportsmanship that we've emphasized. We should take that out of the hands of the officials."

Talib ended the postseason with four flags, the most among all Broncos players. His 10 regular-season penalties also led the team. Meanwhile, teammate Malik Jackson was fined $8,861 for an unnecessary roughness against Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during the second quarter of the Super Bowl.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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