A report surfaced in the Denver Post this week that the Broncos and cornerback Champ Bailey had renewed talks on a long-term contract.
According to Bailey’s agent Jack Reale, those talks didn’t last long.
Josina Anderson of FOX 31 in Denver reports the Broncos broke off talks until the season is over.
“Apparently there won’t be any further discussions about Champ’s contract until at least after the season. This is not our choice. This is a choice by the Broncos. We’ll respect that and move on if we have to,” Real said.
Because of his age — 32 — Bailey’s next contract will be tricky. He’s earning $9.5 million this year and then will become a free agent. The Broncos, like the Patriots, probably aren’t big fans of agents negotiating through the media.
“I am disappointed because I want to be here,” Bailey told Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “We know that, they know that. What’s the issue here, really?”