Broncos agree to four-year contract with Champ Bailey

So much for the theory that players couldn’t score big long-term deals in these uncertain labor times.

The Broncos agreed to a four-year deal with Champ Bailey on Tuesday, according to John Elway’s Twitter account.  (Suddenly transparency may seem less exciting to Broncos reporters.)

“We’re fortunate to have Champ with the Broncos for a long time,” Elway wrote.   “This is a GREAT day for our entire organization and our fans.”

This is a move that will be extremely popular with Broncos fans and media alike.  Bailey, set to turn 33 before next season, was on top of his game in 2010 and is worth huge money.  We still question whether this was the right signing for the Broncos organization at this time.

The goal is to win titles.  Will Bailey really be worth his salary when the Broncos could possibly be a contender?

Signing aging cornerbacks to big money deals rarely pays off, and it’s not like Bailey is the one piece that will put the Broncos defense over the top.  We’ll follow up when we know more about the contract terms.

UPDATE: The initial Bailey numbers are team-friendly.  Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports the deal is for four years and $43 million.   Bailey will get $11 million guaranteed in the first year and $4 million guaranteed in the second year.  If those numbers hold up, Bailey gave up some potential earnings on the open market to get security now.

59 responses to “Broncos agree to four-year contract with Champ Bailey

  1. About time they pay the man! Denver should draft Patrick Peterson so we can have two shut down corners!

  2. “On top of his game”?

    Explain further. He has been circling the drain for 2-3 years now.

    From a Raider’s perspective, great signing DEN.

  3. Sure he’s not the missing peice, but without him you’re setting yourself up for an even worse season.

    You can pay more than one player if they deserve it, you just can’t have a roster full of guys like that. This signing makes a lot of sense.

  4. Good thing they kept him. If Bailey left, they might only win two games next year or something.

    Wait, they only won two games with him? Oh.

    Good move, Elway.

  5. All things considered, Champ won’t be playing corner long. He’ll be playing FS for most of those year.

  6. Love the handle Spicoli, but you’re blind if you think Bailey is not still an all pro. And believe me, I despise the Broncos.

  7. This is a great move! Philip Rivers burns this guy every time with long bombs.

    Keep Champ in Denver and Rivers has somebody to throw on

  8. Nice trade we made, there. Portis is washed up in his 20’s and Champ is still making plays and big money in his 30’s.

  9. Third best CB in the NFL….Has given up 3 TDs in the past 3yrs 0 Pass Interference calls in 9 yrs. Just look at his #s against top WR’s…Ill save ya the time, he shut them all down. I dare ya to find a video of him getting smoked on youtube!!! Can find plenty of other CB’s.

  10. I stand corrected. I said those 40 fans werent gonna get what they want and compared this to the Eagles and Dawkins. Apparently just the Eagles are Class A Aholes. This coming from an Eagle fan.

  11. If Denver let him go…that’s another hole to fill on the defense…and Denver is under the cap by a lot if there is one.

  12. Glad to have him. At least we’ll have Champ to watch during the bad years to come. PFT is becoming an NFL smear campaign. Every roster move and story is met with some kind of criticism towards the move/story. Pretty funny.

  13. The CBA deal will be done soon without a lockout that affects the season.

    The fact that the Broncos, whose owner is completely wired in and very influential, would make a long term deal now is a clear sign that the owners are comfortable with the direction of the negotiations.

    Definitely a good sign for 2011 football.

  14. Excellent move. Bailey posted one of the fastest combine times on record, even at a half-step slow he’s still plenty fast enough. He may not have the all-world recovery speed to bait QBs as much as he used to, but his coverage is still as good as anyone in the league besides Revis. He basically never gives up a touchdown or any cheap yards on PI, and he can still match up with the league’s top wideouts.

    More importantly, he has a great skill set to play safety in a few years, ala Rod Woodson. Champ’s range, vision/instincts and reliable tackling will make him a force at safety. The guy is one of those rare physical freaks who will play well late into his thirties, like Darrell Green. Rosenthal, you should probably stick to just reporting news and not try to interject your crappy attempts at analysis.

  15. Broncos need some sense of stability and retaining Champ serves that up. Signing long term players to fat contracts at the end of their careers as a reward for loyalty and quality play is a strategy that pays off for team psychology. Good, respectable move.

  16. All hating aside, this is strictly a PR move by Elway that will end up hurting the team in the long run.

    They need to rebuild and you don’t do that by signing a 33 year old CB to big money.

  17. Gregg,

    CB’s do not have the wear tear playing on the outside that other players do. Typically if their knees are good and they can still run they can play for awhile. Bailey is a one of a kind player like C. Woodson, R. Woodson, D. Sanders, D. Green, etc. You couldn’t be wrong on this one. Elway et al made a great move here.

  18. the same idiots that think this is a bad signing are the same idiots that think Nnamdi isnt worth the money he should demand.

    common denominator= raider fans.

  19. haters are funny…
    rhonde barber
    darren sharper
    antoine winfield
    charles woodson
    ed reed
    all current and playing at a very high level deep into their carrers.

    love this move champ and denver, i know the chase for a ring must be very alluring but sometimes loyalty is just as important. you are a BEAST!

  20. Wow! The Broncos seem bound and determined to keep proving PFT wrong. Elway isn’t overstepping his bounds and they resign Champ at a reasonable contract number. Not bad.
    This is great for Denver on several fronts.
    1. It is great PR. Champ is a top player who is an upright citizen and a fan favorite.
    2. It is good for team stability, keeping a team leader through a coaching change.
    3. It is great veteran experience to help bring up younger talent (you think D. Williams, D. Foxworth or P. Cox would have been half as good as they were without working with Champ?)
    4. It means the Broncos don’t have to stretch early for a top ranked corner in the draft, allowing for other key positions to be drafted.
    5. The contract number was lower than market value. This makes Denver look like a team players might want to be with for the long term, a player PR move that was needed after years of schucking talent like Marshall and Cutler. It is a sign of a new regime erasing the damage of the former.

    Bravo all around.

  21. Even if he plays out the full contract, that is just under $11M/year. That is a good deal for one of the top CBs in the league. All this talk that rebuilding teams don’t pay 33 year old CBs, BS…you can’t have a team of all rookies. You aslo never know how soon a team will be competitive. Nobody thought the Dolphins would go from 1-15 to the playoffs, or that the Falcons would go from picking 3rd in the draft to the playoffs.

  22. joemontanawasthegreatest says:
    Feb 22, 2011 7:30 PM
    Gregg,

    CB’s do not have the wear tear playing on the outside that other players do. Typically if their knees are good and they can still run they can play for awhile. Bailey is a one of a kind player like C. Woodson, R. Woodson, D. Sanders, D. Green, etc. You couldn’t be wrong on this one. Elway et al made a great move here.

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    i like bailey a lot, but if hes a one of kind player as u state, how can u list 4 or 5 other corners that hes like?

  23. for all u raiders fans commenting cant wait to see how good your defense is without assmunch and for the chargers fans when did rivers torch champ with a long bomb he has only given up 3 tds in his last 3 seasons some people just dont get it do they

  24. Maybe I colored it too much, but I seriouslythink he slipped beginning 2 years ago. This guy has a gold pass from the media for being a lock on Mr. Incredible and most of you guys eat it up without watching him get burned, a lot.

    I apreciate your differing opinion though and let’s see if his dominance can get them more than the 4 wins he got them last year.

    No matter what he is old, and ont he downside. I’d rather make a 25 year old rich than a 33 year old.

  25. cuzz4169 says:
    Feb 22, 2011 6:52 PM
    Third best CB in the NFL….Has given up 3 TDs in the past 3yrs 0 Pass Interference calls in 9 yrs. Just look at his #s against top WR’s…Ill save ya the time, he shut them all down. I dare ya to find a video of him getting smoked on youtube!!! Can find plenty of other CB’s.
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    I call BS. I’ve seen him get burned three times in one year. Hard to name specifics off the top of my head, but I’m 99% sure once in DEN this past season against the Raiders for a loooong TD.

    Lap up the kool aid the media brung you.

  26. I call BS. I’ve seen him get burned three times in one year. Hard to name specifics off the top of my head, but I’m 99% sure once in DEN this past season against the Raiders for a loooong TD.
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    Don’t say 99% bc i’m a 100% he didn’t give up any to the raiders…Miller wide open TD catch…then Mcfadden on a screen pass…only 2 TD passes thrown.

    Only 2 TDs this yr one to Bowe in first game and one to Braylon Edwards. People need to stop ragging on this dude he is still an elite CB and top 3!!

  27. Show me where and when he’s been burnt a lot!!!! Bc your not a fan or don’t like him don’t make $hit up!!!

  28. It’s proven that CB’s can be effective into their 30’s(I.E. Darryl Green). He doesn’t take a ton of hits and can turn his hips with the best of them. Good signing.

  29. haha Spicoli…shows how much football you watch. reading/listening to people that dont have a clue to what they are talking about is awesome. nothing to prove their opinions, just bogus nonsense spewing out their loud mouths. at least provide some evidence to your claim, you know something you learn in high school.

  30. joetoronto says:
    Feb 22, 2011 7:16 PM
    All hating aside, this is strictly a PR move by Elway that will end up hurting the team in the long run.

    They need to rebuild and you don’t do that by signing a 33 year old CB to big money.
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    And how would you rebuild I might ask? I guess if you are the Raiders, you don’t extend the contract of the consummate professional, future hof, fan favorite cb. That’s where you would let him walk (actually the Raiders do this while he is still in his prime), then go waste a top 5 draft pick year after year on crappy talent, right? You’re team sucks at winning, and sucks worse yet at rebuilding, so please just stfu.

  31. Way to go Broncos. Great move from a PR standpoint and from a football perspective. Having a HOF’er on the roster as they rebuild can only help with work ethic and attention to detail things that this team is in desperate need of.

    As it relates to his cover ability, he still has it, even if he as lost a step. I am not any kind of expert, but my understanding is that the Broncos had to spend a lot of time in zone defenses because they could not get a pass rush, so he couldn’t “shut down” like he would have in man to man. Also, giving opposing QB’s 5 seconds to find a receiver would make any CB look softer. Under those conditions, his numbers look even better.

    He is possibly the best tackler on the team and I don’t see that changing in a year or two when he moves to safety.

    Props to Denver for allowing Champ to finish his career in orange and blue.

  32. Yeah, this is just what a rebuilding team would do. Look what Scott Pioli did, reupping Tony Gonzalez to a new deal even though the Chiefs were awful.

    Wait, what? He didn’t do that? He traded Gonzalez away? He replaced him with someone younger?

    Oh. Well, what does Pioli know about building teams?

    ELWAY FOR THE WIN

  33. cuzz4169 says:
    Feb 22, 2011 6:52 PM
    Third best CB in the NFL….Has given up 3 TDs in the past 3yrs 0 Pass Interference calls in 9 yrs. Just look at his #s against top WR’s…Ill save ya the time, he shut them all down. I dare ya to find a video of him getting smoked on youtube!!! Can find plenty of other CB’s.
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    Jerry Porter isnt even in the league anymore. Consider yourself served

  34. Good move by the Donkeys. Seriously, he was one of their best defenders. That’s not saying much, but still.

    Win, lose, or tie…Raiders ’til I die.

  35. Now I can sleep much better at night knowing the scum of the Earth “knows all he needs to know about me.” GFY, punk

  36. joemontanawasthegreatest says:
    Feb 22, 2011 7:30 PM
    Gregg,

    CB’s do not have the wear tear playing on the outside that other players do. Typically if their knees are good and they can still run they can play for awhile. Bailey is a one of a kind player like C. Woodson, R. Woodson, D. Sanders, D. Green, etc. You couldn’t be wrong on this one. Elway et al made a great move here.

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    i like bailey a lot, but if hes a one of kind player as u state, how can u list 4 or 5 other corners that hes like?

    That is over a 30 year time frame.

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