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Champ Bailey says he’s not done playing football

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Cornerback Champ Bailey waited 15 years to get to a Super Bowl, but he’ll have to wait at least one more year to win one.

Bailey delivered a speech to his teammates before the game, telling them to “make the game bigger” than themselves but the Seahawks turned out to be too big for Denver to master in a 43-8 loss. Bailey had a hard time keeping up with Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin over the course of the proceedings and being a step slow was a reminder that Bailey is nearing the end of the line. He said after the game that he won’t reach it before next season, however.

“I’m not done playing football,” Bailey said, via the Denver Post. “So I feel like I’m going to give myself another shot next year.”

Bailey was asked during Super Bowl week if he would be willing to move to safety as many other aging cornerbacks have done over the years. Bailey rejected the idea, but was more accepting of it on Sunday night and called it something he’d look into. With a $10 million salary looming for next season, it may not be the only change Bailey has to contemplate.

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37 Responses to “Champ Bailey says he’s not done playing football”
  1. bucrightoff says: Feb 3, 2014 8:51 AM

    You probably are for the Broncos though.

  2. therooneyskilledwebster says: Feb 3, 2014 8:56 AM

    That may have been the perfect zing !

  3. El Pollo Loco says: Feb 3, 2014 8:57 AM

    actually you were done about 3 years ago Champ

  4. sbchampsagain says: Feb 3, 2014 8:59 AM

    “Hopefully Champ will be back,” Says every offensive coordinator, looking for someone to pick on in the Broncos secondary.
    The Seahawks went after Champ early and often yesterday.

  5. scothawk says: Feb 3, 2014 8:59 AM

    Memo to IDP fantasy owners. If this guy gets a contract next year then get him on your team. the ball will be going his way often.

  6. deathonwings410 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:01 AM

    The tape says otherwise.

  7. 92nick182govikings says: Feb 3, 2014 9:08 AM

    Go get em champ! One of the best cornerbacks to ever play the game.

  8. joetoronto says: Feb 3, 2014 9:08 AM

    Playing in the slot was about as dumb a move as you’ll ever see.

    The guy can’t run anymore.

  9. nfl4days says: Feb 3, 2014 9:13 AM

    Champ bailey got worked something nasty. He might as well have not played.

  10. fdugrad says: Feb 3, 2014 9:14 AM

    That’s a viewpoint shared by few, unless he means pickup games in his neighborhood on Saturdays.

  11. meatcarroll says: Feb 3, 2014 9:18 AM

    He’s done, he just doesn’t know it yet.

  12. afcdomination says: Feb 3, 2014 9:26 AM

    he looked really slow. not sure how that can change for him, he can’t move to safety like a Charles woodson. he really needed to win so he could retire with a ring. now he will chase it until he is playing at a really low level

  13. Dexter Morgan says: Feb 3, 2014 9:39 AM

    Champ, along with the rest of the defense, looked like they were done playing football mid way through the 3rd last night… Just saying.

    The defense did there job for more than half the game, but were demoralized by the fact that Manning’s offense was impotent…

  14. hanifmiller says: Feb 3, 2014 9:46 AM

    Good luck with finding a job Champ. When your 30-plus and you dont play special teams or cover well in crucial situations–the writing is on the wall.

  15. gmen5280 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:02 AM

    Should have been moved to safety 3 years ago. Smart player but hasn’t been a top tier CB for almost 5 years or so.

  16. somethingsmellsrotten says: Feb 3, 2014 10:05 AM

    Chump is burnt toast…no ring for you!

  17. kastout11 says: Feb 3, 2014 10:12 AM

    He was a great corner, but I think his time is done. I do not see him as a starter in this league anymore.

  18. mnsadsportsfan says: Feb 3, 2014 10:43 AM

    Well he might change his mind when he watches the game tape.

  19. mjhutmkr says: Feb 3, 2014 10:44 AM

    He is in Denver.

  20. klutch14u says: Feb 3, 2014 10:58 AM

    I despise the Broncos but Champ is a pretty classy guy. I hope he keeps playing because he’s washed up BUT I hope he retires to not find out the humiliating way because of what I said above.

  21. mrsmell says: Feb 3, 2014 10:58 AM

    Much respect for Champ, but he is done. Not everyone can win the big one, McDaniels screwed his chance of getting a ring earlier.

  22. buckybadger says: Feb 3, 2014 11:22 AM

    mrsmell says:
    Feb 3, 2014 10:58 AM
    Much respect for Champ, but he is done. Not everyone can win the big one, McDaniels screwed his chance of getting a ring earlier.


    Actually McDaniels drafted a lot of the players on this team. Bad coach but you can’t argue with how well they drafted.

  23. melikefootball says: Feb 3, 2014 11:22 AM

    Champ who, did he play last night?

  24. buckybadger says: Feb 3, 2014 11:23 AM

    Champ is done. $10M vs the cap with no dead money. The Brocnos will be cutting him as they should have last year.

  25. slick50ks says: Feb 3, 2014 11:44 AM

    If he wants a ring he better find a new team because this donkey team isn’t winning ANY Super Bowls with fivehead at the helm.

    Nice try, but the rent-a-QB thing simply doesn’t work.

  26. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    I loved Champ Bailey, I thought he was the best in NFL for 8 years in a row.

    I have said it before but Bronco fans always try bash me. Champ has lost what made him great last year and that’s just age catching up with a player. Seattle’s WRs were running free last night and it wasn’t just Bailey’s man.

  27. chc4 says: Feb 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    Wow, people are killing a HOFer that’s reaching the end of the line. Guy has been nothing but class his entire career on and off the field. If he’s done then fine. No need to kick him on his way out.

  28. carryingconcealed says: Feb 3, 2014 11:55 AM

    Champ Bailey has lived up to his given name for a lot of years, but it’s time to acknowledge reality and move on. He’s a step too slow now and in this league that means you don’t get to start any longer.

  29. oreo51 says: Feb 3, 2014 12:15 PM

    Champ’s career ended on the pass to Baldwin where Champ was trailing on the play by 5 yards. If the ball had not been under thrown Baldwin would have scored on the play because there is no way Champ could have caught a ‘pedestrian’ WR like Baldwin otherwise.

  30. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 3, 2014 1:18 PM

    Despite glaring evidence to the contrary….

  31. doe22us says: Feb 3, 2014 1:35 PM

    Champ is done man, too slow, too slow.. as was made evident by Mr Smith a yr ago, he hardly played this year, age, injuries, catches up to us all, he just cant do it at a high level. Hey, you have made a lot of $$$$, just call it a day and move on.

  32. afcdomination says: Feb 3, 2014 3:02 PM

    no one is killing a HOF. but a lot of us don’t like to see a likely first ballot guy, pull an emmitt smith and play to the point where he hurts his legacy. take smith, there are soon to be grown men now who only got to see smith in his time with the cardinals. think about that.

  33. greg2geez says: Feb 3, 2014 3:21 PM

    Overrated for 15 years why stop now?

  34. maximusprime107 says: Feb 3, 2014 4:38 PM

    I wish he was

  35. nodindenver says: Feb 3, 2014 9:22 PM

    He was done as a corner three years ago. I am a huge Champ fan but, at some point you have to check your ego at the door and he has failed to do that.

  36. sportsstar4u says: Feb 4, 2014 10:54 AM

    Champ has been a shutdown corner for many years (not the last few of course).

    Super Bowl Sunday … he got beat like he stole something. Ugly performance in the biggest game of his career.

  37. sportfan2 says: Feb 5, 2014 8:41 AM

    injured or not Champ had his chance these last two years he is no longer the player he used to be.

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