Now it may be time for Champ Bailey to get paid.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Broncos and Bailey are deep into negotiations on a four-year contract extension.
Broncos G.M. Brian Xanders said that “we’d rather keep things private,” but added that “we acknowledge we’re in talks.”
The talks between Bailey and the Broncos are the latest demonstration that teams can work out big-money deals for big-time players, even in the NFL’s uncertain labor climate.
Bailey, who is heading into the final season of his current deal, will make $13 million this year. So he’s not underpaid, and at age 32 his best years are probably behind him. But he probably has a few good years left in him, and he and the Broncos are getting close to assuring that those years will be spent in Denver.