As is often the case with aging cornerbacks, Denver’s Champ Bailey has heard the questions about moving to safety. But he doesn’t see any reason he should.
Bailey told the Denver Post that he doesn’t think the Broncos have two young cornerbacks better than him, and so he thinks he should still be one of the two starting cornerbacks.
“Hey, until these young guys start doing something, I’m not taking a back seat to them. Later on, maybe, but right now I still feel like I can play at the level I expect and the level they expect me to at corner. Besides, I’m not even close to 36. I’m 34,” Bailey said.
Bailey said he’s excited about a Broncos team that he believes will be even better than last year’s 13-3 club.
“I feel like we can be better this year,” Bailey said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to this year, and that’s a big difference from some other years. There have been years when I came back to get going and you didn’t feel that way about what we could do. What this team can do remains to be seen, that’s on us. But when you look at who’s here, starting with the quarterback we have, if we stay healthy, we need to be there in the end.”
And Bailey will be where he’s always been throughout his 14-year NFL career, as a starting cornerback.