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Broncos break off contract talks with Champ Bailey until offseason

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?”

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26 Responses to “Broncos break off contract talks with Champ Bailey until offseason”
  1. SATAN567 says: Oct 7, 2010 5:24 PM

    Josh McDaniels sucks.

  2. Redskinfansince82 says: Oct 7, 2010 5:31 PM

    OK Denver the Skins would like their under appreciated future HOF corner back now. Denver you can have Portis and Haynesworth.

  3. jnichols7777 says: Oct 7, 2010 5:42 PM

    Thank you GM Xanders. It appears you understand a basic principle of building an NFL defense – you cannot build a D around a cornerback. That is effectively what a GM will do after he pays Chump the type of money he demands. Unfortunately, our ex-GM Sundquist failed in this regard. The Broncos have struggled since giving Chump big money, despite the fact he is a great cornerback. Overrated in my opinion, but still great. Xanders needs to use his resources to build a more formidable O-line, similar to what he accomplished this past offseason with our D-line. Which has paid dividends thus far this season.

  4. razic says: Oct 7, 2010 5:44 PM

    Josh McDaniels sucks. Too arrogant/immature to be a worthy coach. He has no ingenuity or creativity.

  5. broncoMaineiac says: Oct 7, 2010 5:45 PM

    This is not McDaniels deal. It is that fugly guy Xanders. That dude is simply stoopid.

  6. csloan99 says: Oct 7, 2010 5:46 PM

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say the “issue here really” is several million dollars. But hey, what do I know, Champ?
    I’m sure if you wanted to play for the league minimum then the Broncos would agree. And I’m sure if the Broncos wanted to pay you a billion dollars then you would agree.
    Moral of the story: everyone has their price. Turns out the Broncos’ price is different from Champ’s price.

  7. winklebean says: Oct 7, 2010 5:47 PM

    Josh McDaniels rocks.

  8. bailey4mvp says: Oct 7, 2010 6:01 PM


  9. broncoMaineiac says: Oct 7, 2010 6:28 PM

    But that Nichols fella at the top may just be right. I mean, what did Champ really do for us? He dropped a SURE int in the AFC Champ when we had Plummer which would have totally altered the course of that game.
    What else has he given us that another CB can’t? Lots of 8-8 seasons? No thanks.
    Man–my Donks are really hard to figure out.

  10. huthutHUT says: Oct 7, 2010 6:30 PM

    Pretty much said it all.

  11. jaypeso says: Oct 7, 2010 6:30 PM

    how can you be great and overrated at the same time

  12. wharkley says: Oct 7, 2010 6:31 PM

    I could do without all the uninformed McDaniels bashers, this is a business decision, not a McDaniels ego trip. A 32 year old cornerback with a history of hamstring pulls does not equal $9M a year in today’s NFL. The Broncos are too young a team to pour that kind of money into an aging (albeit great) player like Champ. The Shanahan regime did a pretty good job of draining the bank account of Pat Bowlen. We are finding out many (definitely not all) of the unpopular decisions made by McDaniels and crew are not that bad in hindsight.
    I love Champ, and he is still a competitor, but it’s a young man’s league and since there likely will not be a season next year there is not point in putting expensive age on the layaway plan. He is rounding the corner into the final stretch of his career and should sign with a legitimate contender, he deserves it….and if he does sign an extension I’ll be good with that too.

  13. nfl says: Oct 7, 2010 6:33 PM

    Chump Bailey gets toasted by Gates and Rivers more often than Florio has visions of collusion by nfl owners.

  14. csloan99 says: Oct 7, 2010 6:43 PM

    You’re retarded if you think that Josh McDaniels doesn’t want Champ on his team. Considering the Broncos have so much cap room this year (and that there’s probably not a cap next year), it all comes down to how much money they want to take out of their piggy bank. That’s on Xanders or Bowlen, not McDaniels.
    Just goes to show that some people hate McDaniels so much that they can’t control their emotions, even when something isn’t his fault. Get over it crybabies.

  15. Brazy says: Oct 7, 2010 6:57 PM

    Champ will be in Silver and Black next year.

  16. Bronco4life says: Oct 7, 2010 6:58 PM

    Please pay the man. He is a future HoFer and is willing to switch to safety when he can no longer hold Reggie Wayne to 5 catches and 67 yards, no TDs, with almost no help over the top. Veteran leadership is huge. Just give him $7m to play and another $1m or $2m to coach the young talent in our secondary.
    This is bigger than you, Xanders.
    I can only think of two reasons for this. Either they were checking on his foot and saw something more severe or they have an intuition about the new CBA.

  17. Chiggs says: Oct 7, 2010 7:22 PM

    Possibly the first good move Brian Xanders has made. Champ is too expensive. Take a pay cut or take a hike.
    When’s the last time you returned an INT for 6, buddy?

  18. LionSuhWee says: Oct 7, 2010 7:42 PM

    LOL! He is too busy tackling. INT’s are not on his mind. Really how bad is your D when the corner you dont want to pay leads them in tackles?
    Marshall,Cutler,Hillis,Scheffler now Champ. Hey Clady that leaves you as last of the Shanny’s. Start packin’!
    Matt Millen came to Detroit and did this same thing. We are still recovering.
    LOL@ the Donkies!

  19. LionSuhWee says: Oct 7, 2010 7:53 PM

    They need to get rid of him because he tackles to much. Pretty much makes sense seeing what they have done in moves the past 2 years.
    Maybe they are becoming the Pirates of football. Play good get moved.

  20. allinSTACKme says: Oct 7, 2010 7:59 PM

    broncoMaineiac says:
    October 7, 2010 6:28 PM
    But that Nichols fella at the top may just be right. I mean, what did Champ really do for us? He dropped a SURE int in the AFC Champ when we had Plummer which would have totally altered the course of that game.
    What else has he given us that another CB can’t? Lots of 8-8 seasons? No thanks.
    Man–my Donks are really hard to figure out.
    Are you seriously that stupid? What he HAS done is kept the opposing qb from throwing his way the majority of every game. Careful what you wish for there fair weather fan. One more thing; they aren’t the Denver Donks, they’re the Denver BRONCOS. Don’t call yourself a fan if you’re constantly going to talk sh*t about them and refer to them in a derogatory manner.
    “Fans” like you disgust me.

  21. Dave says: Oct 7, 2010 8:22 PM

    I love Champ, but over $9 mil for a 30-something CB? Let’s see how he performs this year. Worst case, franchise-tag him – with the sick money that Revis and Asomughua are making at the position, that would be a ton of dough.

  22. comment_submission_error says: Oct 7, 2010 8:41 PM

    “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?”
    Return on investment? Old corners lose their legs fast.

  23. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 7, 2010 8:56 PM

    gee i wonder why….maybe because there will be no football next year.

  24. -Slap- says: Oct 7, 2010 10:40 PM

    Champ is good as gone and here’s why:
    Never a Patriot.
    Acquired by Shanahan not McDaniels.
    Champ and his agent were surprised by the Broncos abrupt turnaround. Knowing this skeevy regime, they’re just hoping Champ or his agent say something in the media they can escalate into a severence situation.
    The compensation will be draft picks that can be swiftly converted into the likes of Alphonso Smith and Richard Quinn.

  25. allinSTACKme says: Oct 8, 2010 8:10 AM

    @ LionSuhWee:
    Wouldn’t a .500 record pretty much be phenominal for your team? STFU jack ass. Compare Cutler’s stats to Orton over the last 20 games, and you’ll see how “bad” of a move that was. And considering the Broncos have the #1 passing offense so far this season, I’d have to say that B. Marsh isn’t missed all that much either. One more thing: It’s a pretty safe bet to say the Broncos will NEVER go 0-16. Just because your team is slowly getting some talent together and are playing a little better doesn’t mean it’s time to start talking noise you moron.

  26. ChiefChirpa says: Oct 9, 2010 1:25 AM

    Orton is playing well, but to claim he is a better QB than Cutler is laughable.
    Comparing the last 20 games? Look at the offense Orton took over, and look at the offense Cutler took over. Orton stepped into Denver’s #2 offense in the league. Chicago’s? #26. You comparing their last 20 games has no meaning or relevance to anything. Comparing stats over the last 20 games is meaningless.
    The irony is, those huge offensive numbers in 2008 got Cutler run out of town by McDaniel, but Orton doing it over 4 games (at .500) somehow redeems the largest NFL personnel blunder in recent memory?
    And Marshall not missed? Really? Hitching your wagon to Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney, are you? Being a fan doesn’t mean you have to drink ALL the Kool-Aid.
    The once mighty Denver Broncos are falling victim to the inexperience, overconfidence, and ego of one man…..but my God man, you don’t have to cheer it on.

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