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Champ Bailey won't give Broncos hometown discount

In a Tip Sheet piece for Len Pasquarelli of [available by “insider” purchase only] Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey revealed that he intends to eventually convert to safety in order to prolong his NFL career.

Bailey’s current agenda, however, involves securing a payday that would align him with the top NFL cornerbacks’ salaries for “another three or four seasons.”
This presents a dilemma for the Broncos, who are scheduled to pay Bailey $13 million in 2010, the last year of his contract.  While Bailey is by all accounts still playing at an extremely high level, he is 32 years old and likely behind contract-year linebacker Elvis Dumervil in G.M. Brian Xanders’ pecking order for long-term commitments.
The Broncos have also used five picks on defensive backs in Josh McDaniels’ two drafts, indicating they are aware of Bailey’s situation and realize losing him is a possibility.
Bailey says his price tag will lower once he executes a position switch, but it ain’t happening yet.
Entering his seventh season in Denver and 12th in the NFL, Bailey has put together a Hall of Fame resume.  He’s been to nine Pro Bowls — a league record for a cornerback — and three times secured first-team All-Pro honors.  Bailey’s 46 interceptions rank second among active players.  He has been flagged for pass interference once in the last four years.
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  1. onlymyopinionmatters says: Jun 27, 2010 6:41 PM

    Uh, sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you ain’t getting no big money contract extension. You may as well start executing that position switch plan now cause you will won’t even have a chance to offer up a hometown discount.
    Too old, play has already shown signs of slipping, and quite frankly, you just aren’t that great any more.
    Now if your willing to play for 2-3 million a year at safety………then there might be something to talk about.
    Thanks for your time in Denver, you will be gone next year

  2. deederbob says: Jun 27, 2010 6:50 PM

    When its all said and done, the Broncos WILL pay the bill. Champ is an irreplaceable presence in the locker room and on the field.

  3. Slow Joe says: Jun 27, 2010 6:51 PM

    I’m not a Broncos fan, so I have no dog in this fight. But I think the best-run NFL franchises, at this point, let him go. Teams like the Eagles and Patriots never overpay for corners in their 30s.

  4. apage53915 says: Jun 27, 2010 7:00 PM

    It does not matter what they pay Bailey, this is a team that is going to really struggle this year.

  5. MistrezzRachael says: Jun 27, 2010 7:01 PM

    No way the Broncos pay that amount…unless the new CBA has stipulations for one ‘veteran exemption’.
    Players are foolish if they think the new CBA will benefit them like the one thats expired!!!
    Especially for a DB on the downside of his career. Bailey is excellent….hands down better than what Revis proclaims himself to be[ Bailey can @ least tackle & run support]…but because of age…will not get more than $8-9/year

  6. milehiclown says: Jun 27, 2010 7:21 PM

    If the measuring stick is suberbowls–how good is he?
    Not sure of what kind of influence he really is. I mean, with Bailey, did we really do any better?

  7. MagicMan407 says: Jun 27, 2010 7:28 PM

    Age shouldn’t be an issue with Champ dudes still a beast. I am certain they will pay the man (not sure about 3-4 years though).

  8. WetHog says: Jun 27, 2010 7:33 PM

    Well good old Champ made the same demand when his rookie contract with the Skins was coming to an end and they shipped him out. It was a mistake at the time for the Skins, but it was clear then he was going to hold firm on his monetary demands, so no reason to think he won’t do so again.
    Champ being 32, the Broncos decision should be easier than it was for the Skins. Trade him. Just don’t call Shanahan in Washington please.

  9. Ravenmuscle says: Jun 27, 2010 7:39 PM

    When you are 32…excluding Bret Favre…you are on the DOWNSIDE.

  10. VegasBronco says: Jun 27, 2010 7:48 PM

    Champ is a CHAMP!!
    2010 he gets #13m Thats MILLION. Way too much for a football player.
    Cap will come back in 2011 and madness will abide. Champ will either restructure or could go down the road like Dawkins did from the Eagles.
    Could Champ still play, yes, just like Dawkins can play but not for double digit millions.
    To run a successful franchise you need to stay within your salary structure.

  11. obee38 says: Jun 27, 2010 7:57 PM

    I need to defend a 32 year old veteran. He has 5 solid years left. 3 as a good cornerback, that brings a great professional resume to the table and attitude. He still has the skill level and talent to state he is top five. So he should get paid. He is worthy of it, and not based on pass success, but what he still brings to the table. After 2 years if he wants to change positions, then arrange his contract that way, or let him opt out. Rediculous to think that Champ Bailey wont get paid by someone. It might as well be you Denver!!!!

  12. RichieRich says: Jun 27, 2010 8:11 PM

    champ was always overrated, he was pretty good on the skins but not worth the money he got in denver

  13. Qoojo says: Jun 27, 2010 8:11 PM

    I don’t watch the Broncos much, but when I have seen him play, seems like he is a B corner at best. At 32, I doubt any smart team would heavily invest in this guy.

  14. Zach says: Jun 27, 2010 8:18 PM

    “Thanks for your time in Denver, you will be gone next year”
    And so will McDaniels.

  15. edgy1957 says: Jun 27, 2010 8:38 PM

    WetHog says:
    Well good old Champ made the same demand when
    Don’t forget that Darrell Green played at a high level well after age 32.

  16. ICEWALKER says: Jun 27, 2010 8:46 PM
    Looks like Champ Bailey isn’t horrible… fact he’s pretty good according to the stats….
    Opinions are one thing. Stats are more clear.

  17. brownsfn says: Jun 27, 2010 8:52 PM

    Surprised McDumbass hasn’t traded this guy away too…

  18. comment_submission_error says: Jun 27, 2010 8:52 PM

    Champ is on the wrong side of 30 to be expecting that kind of money. Sometimes old corners age like wine, but usually the wheels just come off, and nobody wants to pay their free safety 14M a year.

  19. Bigrydawg says: Jun 27, 2010 9:02 PM

    Bailey was thrown at 98 times and allowed 0 touchdowns. I’d say he’s still good…

  20. Bigrydawg says: Jun 27, 2010 9:05 PM

    Bailey was thrown at 98 times and allowed 0 touchdowns last year. Still good…

  21. steve g says: Jun 27, 2010 9:12 PM

    I hope they cut him, and Brandon Marshal convinces him to come and play safety for the Dolphins at a reduced rate from his cornerback price. Damn would that be a coup for the Fins! Then we could realistically start thinking SB.

  22. 90ragtop says: Jun 27, 2010 9:30 PM

    “Bailey’s current agenda, however, involves securing a payday that would align him with the top NFL cornerbacks’ salaries for ‘another three or four seasons.'”
    Bailey shouldn’t smoke that stuff if it affects him like that.

  23. CheezWhizard says: Jun 27, 2010 10:04 PM

    The Broncos signed Dawkins to a multi-year deal even though his skills are obviously declining. He payed them back by playing through a broken hand and still being a monster. Forget Haynesworth, Revis, and all that garbage, the vets that show up and play every day, year in and year out deserve the money.

  24. RaiderChile says: Jun 27, 2010 10:07 PM

    Raider go get this guy. There hasn’t been a good or decent safety since Rod Woodson was on the team and this would be a good FU to the donkeys!

  25. The Tyler Rose - Best Ever says: Jun 27, 2010 10:12 PM

    The Ravens will gladly take him off the Broncos hands if they feel he can’t play anymore. Hell…we took Walt Harris already…

  26. MrHumble says: Jun 27, 2010 10:26 PM

    Bailey is on the wrong side of 30, his skills have diminished and bronco’s are retooling. By the time the broncos are relevant again, bailey may be retired but sure he will be 2-3 years older and there’s no way the broncos are going to pay him the big bucks contract when they know they are rebuilding. bailey will get his best contract as a free agent and going to a team that is contending for a SB and just needs to tweak

  27. BDiddy says: Jun 27, 2010 10:54 PM


  28. Brewster says: Jun 27, 2010 11:02 PM

    Ah you gotta love those Broncos fans.
    Because Bailey(you could also insert Cutler, Marshall, or Dumervil here) haven’t single handedly taken them to a Super Bowl they’re not worth the going price, competitive NFL rate, for their positions.
    The last time I looked there were 22 starting players on a NFL team. It is unusual for one player to take a team to a Super Bowl. Intelligent teams (and owners) realize that you need to pay competitive wages to a handful of key players to field a playoff contending team. Apparently the Broncos fail to grasp this concept.

  29. rickvaldez says: Jun 27, 2010 11:35 PM

    milehiclown says:
    June 27, 2010 7:21 PM
    If the measuring stick is suberbowls–how good is he?
    Not sure of what kind of influence he really is. I mean, with Bailey, did we really do any better?
    How stupid can you be??? One of the best corners in the game for the past 10 years and you ask was Denver any better with him. Just change your name to clown.

  30. 46&2 says: Jun 28, 2010 12:25 AM

    please leak more of pasquerellis subscription only tip sheep stuff. i mean. its really the only reason to subscribe to the site. you guys get 4-5 hits out of me per day anyway, but i think you would get ridiculous traffic if you leaked whats in there, even if its just in one liners. i call you out on terrible posts when i see them (mostly florio when hes being holier than thou) but i want to say thanks for this one.

  31. Sweepthleg says: Jun 28, 2010 2:06 AM

    Champ is awesome but the broncos are rebuilding if they give him a long term contract that will be stupid they’d be better off trading him and getting what they can.
    Champ will get paid next year because he can play at a high level for at least 4 more years position move or not. The Broncos are just the wrong team for him to be on when he gets paid.

  32. Steve W. says: Jun 28, 2010 2:29 AM

    Champ isn’t overrated, and I’m sure he knows he’ll get a lower salary after his contract is done this year. While he can still play quite well, his age will work against him and he knows it. Champ was sending a message however. Whether you love or hate what McDaniels has done in Denver, there’s no denying that he has completely dismantled what was one of the highest scoring offenses just two seasons ago. Talk about SBs and playoffs all you want, but the stats are there. The Broncos put up enough points, they just couldn’t keep others from scoring, despite Champ’s solid performance. That’s what happens when you have no pass rush (Dumerville finally helped out there this past year) and your secondary consists of one great CB and a bunch of average at best CBs and safeties. If you don’t believe me, ask Raiders fans. In place of the players that he’s gotten rid of, McDaniels has filled their spots with what seem like developmental players. We all know about Tebow, but Thomas didn’t play in a system that prepared him for pro-style route running. Maybe both will turn out great, and maybe both will suck. The fact of the matter is, that it’s going to take time to know either way. At 32 years old, why would Champ give the Broncos a home town discount just to stick around for a rebuilding year. If he’s going to be making less money, I figure he’d rather play for a championship contender that needed some help in their secondary.

  33. BroncoBourque says: Jun 28, 2010 5:46 AM

    It would be nice for the Broncos to get him re-signed but none of the teams are locking up older players long term if they don’t have to. Nobody knows what is going to happen with the CBA so guys like Champ, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady among others who would normally be signed to extensions are going to have to wait.

  34. joetoronto says: Jun 28, 2010 6:35 AM

    RaiderChile says: June 27, 2010 10:07 PM
    Raider go get this guy. There hasn’t been a good or decent safety since Rod Woodson was on the team and this would be a good FU to the donkeys!
    Chile, do you actually watch and follow the Raiders?
    FYI, we’re all set at safety for many years to come.

  35. We need linemen says: Jun 28, 2010 7:21 AM

    When people talk about Dan Snyder’s mistakes they far too rarely look at this decision not to pay Bailey, and instead pay huge money to Arrington. It wasn’t as though there weren’t people pointing out the Arrington was over-rated at the time, nor that cornerbacks are worth far more than LB’s. To me it was the biggest mistake he has ever made, in hindsight.
    At the time I supported the decision because Bailey’s “pay me” attitude got right up my nose. The guy has a reputation for being classy, a true professional, and he is. He is in it for the money. His loyalty to his team is based on being paid by it. He is a very good player, but he leaves me cold as fan. I know most players are like that, in it for the money, really I do, but I don’t get any form of pretence from Bailey.
    He doesn’t even try to delude himself, he is a football hooker who will give any franchise a nice ride so long as they leave enough money on the dresser.
    If he has any sense he’ll retire at the end of this contract. He has made millions. He’ll make millions more if he invests it properly. Best to quit now whilst he still has knees.

  36. ejtowne says: Jun 28, 2010 8:19 AM

    milehiclown says:
    June 27, 2010 7:21 PM
    If the measuring stick is suberbowls–how good is he?
    You don’t measure greatness by superbowls dude!!! You can’t say someone isn’t great just because their team doesn’t make it there. It takes TEAMWORK to get to the SB. A player could be one of the BEST to ever step on the field at his position but if his team doesn’t gel then it’s not gonna happen. Champ Bailey is one of the BEST though! The guy deserves the big contract. I mean c’mon, He has been flagged for pass interference once in the last four years.

  37. hankster says: Jun 28, 2010 9:14 AM

    Favre can play at 40 cause he doesn’t have to be able to run with the fast boys. At 32 Champ doesn’t possibly have 3 years left at corner. No way. I would like him to play safety for the Chargers, but AJ will never pay an aging superstar the kind of money he imagines he’s worth. Maybe the Jets can pick him up. Play him behind Cromartie to make the tackles Cro won’t.

  38. overkil2 says: Jun 28, 2010 9:38 AM

    Denver fans don’t deserve a CB like Champ Bailey. Bunch of fricken dumbasses if you think a CB is going to take you to the SB single handedly.
    Be careful what you wish for.

  39. JMoney says: Jun 28, 2010 9:43 AM

    phins could use a free safety. Since its not my money I would pay him then cut him or his salary when the cap comes back….

  40. KUHawks2010 says: Jun 28, 2010 9:53 AM

    RaiderChile says: June 27, 2010 10:07 PM
    Raider go get this guy. There hasn’t been a good or decent safety since Rod Woodson was on the team and this would be a good FU to the donkeys!
    That would be great Chile, your safety Branch is one of the top tacklers in the league. Then my Chiefs could pair him with Berry. Good thinking …

  41. Hap says: Jun 28, 2010 10:13 AM

    The RedSkinneds> Kleetus for Champ backfired in their face-like all their other FA acquisitions.

  42. WetHog says: Jun 28, 2010 10:55 AM

    Darrell Green was the exception, not the rule. And Champ, at this point, couldn’t hold Green’s jock.

  43. dcbronco says: Jun 28, 2010 11:16 AM

    Living in Washington my whole life I’ve always thought Redskin fans were kinda stupid. After reading comments from Broncos fans over the years, I realize the redskin fans are no where near as stupid as way too many Broncos fans.

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