Restricted free agents and young stars get all the attention, but long-time veterans with contracts running out have also been squeezed this offseason.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post points out that Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is under contract for only one more season, just like Elvis Dumervil. Bailey’s situation hasn’t received attention for a few reasons:
1. Bailey doesn’t make any noise about it.
2. Dumervil is underpaid in 2010, while Bailey makes $9.5 million.
A potential Hall of Famer, Bailey wants to play five more years. His next contract will prove tricky. Klis makes the case for Bailey as best defensive player in Broncos history, but the cornerback’s skills have declined.
It’s never easy for a player and team to agree just how much that decline is worth.