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Broncos, Champ Bailey talking contract extension

First Darrelle Revis got paid. Then Charles Woodson got paid. Then Miles Austin got paid. Then Tom Brady got paid.

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.

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10 Responses to “Broncos, Champ Bailey talking contract extension”
  1. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Sep 10, 2010 9:02 AM

    Is Champ Bailey still considered a top-tier cornerback? Good? Sure. Still great (or more accurately, still great in 4 years)? I don’t know about that. Don’t watch enough Broncos games to form an opinion, but you’ve got to figure his skills are slipping a little.

  2. hoss says: Sep 10, 2010 9:19 AM

    The answer is YES, Champ Bailey is still a top-tier CB. Whoever he covers rarely gets the ball thrown their way and that says something. Bailey has 3-4 good years in him. People see his age and assume he has fallen off, but his numbers last year prove otherwise. Worthwhile investment for the Broncs.

  3. 4ever19 says: Sep 10, 2010 9:29 AM

    You mean none of these guys were getting paid before this? Strange. I thought they were professionals, which meant they received a paycheck. I am so happy these guys are no longer playing for free.

  4. iamballen says: Sep 10, 2010 9:40 AM

    4 years from now Champ won’t be a top tier corner in the nfl. He will be a top tier safety. Pay the man.

  5. el_dude00 says: Sep 10, 2010 10:03 AM

    Yes. He is. If he was on any other team, he’d immediately be their best defensive player and best locker room dude.
    If they can move him to safety the last two years of that contract then it’ll be a great deal for both sides.
    He’s a tough cover and a fantastic tackler. His run support for a CB is out of this world.

  6. minhw0714 says: Sep 10, 2010 11:33 AM

    Mc Daniels is falling into the trap of over-paying for an aging star. If he moves to S pay him as such, not as a CB.

  7. encinitas fan says: Sep 10, 2010 11:33 AM

    Don’t forget Antionio Gates got paid too! Chargers are paying those who show up to work!

  8. sullijo says: Sep 10, 2010 1:21 PM

    Good for Champ – players of great character should be rewarded.

  9. Slow Joe says: Sep 10, 2010 1:30 PM

    Shaun Alexander.

  10. Brandon St. Randy says: Sep 10, 2010 3:18 PM

    Champ’s the man, he’s the guy to help Perrish Cox and Syd’Quan take over in the secondary.

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