40 fans show up at Champ Bailey Rally

Only 40 people turned out on Sunday for a fan-organized “Champ Bailey Rally” at Invesco Field in Denver.

Then again, that’s 40 more people that we’d expect on a cold, windy day in the middle of February.   Fans wanted to show the team they wanted Bailey back, and the cornerback expressed appreciation for the gesture.

“Maybe this will help,” Bailey said Sunday via text to Mike Klis of the Denver Post.  “Maybe we can get something done.”

Bailey has supporters among fans and media alike.   There has been widespread support among Denver writers for the Broncos to bring Bailey back, which we understand.  He’s a leader and still ranks among the best cornerbacks in the league.

That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea from the Broncos to re-sign Bailey.

He may be worth a short-term, Richard Seymour-like contract, but not with the Broncos.  The Broncos are in rebuilding mode, and paying a 33-year-old cornerback huge money when the defense has so many problems doesn’t make a lot of sense.   Will Bailey still be playing at a high level by the time Denver is contending for titles?

Letting Bailey walk would show that John Elway is not afraid to make tough choices with long-term goals in mind.

(Note: Photo provided by Josina Anderson of FOX 31 in Denver.)

21 responses to “40 fans show up at Champ Bailey Rally

  1. Teams rarely give in to fan pressure let alone only 40 fans. I like Baileys ability even at 33 but a huge contract just isnt coming. Look at Philly, Eagle fans rallied for Dawkins and the team just didnt even respond. They let him walk.

  2. I am happy you didn’t call him “a future Hall of Famer” in this article, a label which is applied too liberally and lightly too often.

  3. Donk fans are so dumb. 40 of you? Those DA’s would probably show up if they were told they were needed to get Maurice Clarett re-signed.

  4. As a redskins fan I still miss Champ. He was supposed to be our next Darrell Green. He was the first Redskins jersey I ever owned.

    Hard to believe but one year the Redskins had a secondary that consisted of Champ Bailey, Darrell Green, and Deion Sanders

  5. That’s cool that fans would come out like that but the broncos should let him go. I know Ted Thompson is reluctant to sign free agents, but the pack could use another good man to man cover corner. Bailey is one of the best. Woodson showed that one teams trash is another’s treasure. Heck, lightning may strike twice.

  6. Fans Ed Bailey, Dolores Bailey, Kimberly Bailey, Gerald Bailey, Foster Bailey, Jennifer Bailey, Lincoln Bailey, along with their children and grandchildren thought it was worth braving the cold to support Champ.

  7. hobartbaker says:
    Feb 21, 2011 12:20 PM
    Fans Ed Bailey, Dolores Bailey, Kimberly Bailey, Gerald Bailey, Foster Bailey, Jennifer Bailey, Lincoln Bailey, along with their children and grandchildren thought it was worth braving the cold to support Champ
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    You forgot the most important Bailey of em:

    F.Lee Bailey

  8. Bailey won’t be a free agent for to good of a player to pass up…most likely broncos won’t sign him but 31 other teams would like his services. …

  9. Every team needs help in the secondary, that’s today’s NFL. Champ Bailey will find a home if he leaves Denver.

  10. You’re right that giving a 33 year old corner big money is terribly risky; but Denver had one of the lowest payrolls in the league last year and can afford that risk. If they don’t sign him, they’re taking as big a risk on Peterson or someone else in the draft and will have to pay nearly similar money without the knowledge of who the person is or how they’ll work out. The Broncos can afford the “foolishness” of $10-$12 million per year for four years and use their picks to beef up the front seven where they need the most help. Which is dumber, using a pick on someone who might be as good as what you already have, or overpaying a fan favorite and using your pick to fill a place where you are way below average (anywhere on the defensive line)? Sure it’s overpaying, but no signing forces them to spend money on plugging holes… which results in overpaying many times over.

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