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Report: Broncos to release Champ Bailey

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It took Champ Bailey 15 years in the NFL to make it to his first Super Bowl as a member of the Denver Broncos in February.

If he’s going to make a return trip, it will have to come wearing a different uniform.

According to Jason La Canfora of, the Broncos are going to release the 12-time Pro Bowl selection and seven-time All-Pro.

Bailey has played the last 10 seasons in Denver blue and orange after being traded by the Washington Redskins following the 2003 season. Bailey has been consistently once of the top cornerbacks in the game for the majority of his career until recent seasons. He appeared in just five regular season games for Denver this year while battling injuries. He recorded just 14 tackles and zero interceptions this season – the lowest totals of his career.

The release of Bailey allows Denver to get his entire salary off the books for this season. The four-year contract extension he signed in 2011 contained no signing bonus. It meant the commitment for Denver in 2014 would be just $9 million in base salary and a $1 million roster bonus that go away upon Bailey’s release. The move saves the Broncos $10 million against the cap.

Bailey immediately gets a jump-start on free agency ahead of what will be a talented cornerback group on the open market. Aqib Talib, Vontae Davis and Alterraun Verner are the headliners of the cornerbacks set to become free agents next week.

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33 Responses to “Report: Broncos to release Champ Bailey”
  1. theclink12 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:30 PM

    Great move by Denver.

    There is no way Bailey is a 10 million a year guy.

  2. abanig says: Mar 5, 2014 10:31 PM

    Comeback to DC

  3. warjag55 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:31 PM

    The CB free agent class is getting watered down. I have never seen this many CB’s available.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:33 PM

    Outlived his usefulness. Good career, have a nice life.

  5. raiderapologist says: Mar 5, 2014 10:35 PM

    At this point Charles Woodson offers more value than Bailey.

  6. calibear831 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:41 PM

    He’s done.

  7. sixchr says: Mar 5, 2014 10:42 PM

    Great player, Hall of Famer, thank GOD I don’t have to sit through another year of “just wait until Champ Bailey is healthy!” when people talk about Denver’s atrocious defense.

  8. chingustight says: Mar 5, 2014 10:44 PM

    know when to say when………..when.

  9. missingfromdenver says: Mar 5, 2014 10:45 PM

    We’ll miss Champ but he’s getting a little long in the tooth and he needs to take a pay cut. Doubt he’ll get picked up so maybe he’ll be back at a better price. It’s been great and so has he!

  10. psmith7716 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:45 PM

    Champ Bailey is a class act both on and off the field. Pro football can be cruel at times, both for the players and the fans. We will miss you Champ!

  11. andreboy1 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:45 PM

    Boss is a better corner at this point. Dude should go to the old folks home with Ed Reed.

  12. ajgreenhof says: Mar 5, 2014 10:46 PM

    Whatever happened to a team riding with a player until the end?

  13. despenc925 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:46 PM

    move to safety !

  14. nilla619 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:46 PM

    I have mixed emotions here.

    1. He’s an amazing person and used to be and amazing player but has lost a step

    2. As a bronco fan this was totally the right move and will help bring in better talent

    Hope the best for Champ though class act

  15. moerawn says: Mar 5, 2014 10:46 PM

    You don’t say? — Jerry Jones

  16. raiderrob21 says: Mar 5, 2014 10:58 PM

    Its time to hang em up Mr. Bailey

  17. mrbigass says: Mar 5, 2014 11:13 PM

    Two years too late…..

  18. howiefeltersnatch says: Mar 5, 2014 11:25 PM

    Stick a fork in him

  19. stunzeed5 says: Mar 5, 2014 11:30 PM

    HTTR Champ!

  20. wisconsinhillfolk says: Mar 5, 2014 11:32 PM

    Devon Hester let go as well. There will be plenty of premium (one year contract) players available in FA this year.

  21. dethrone408 says: Mar 6, 2014 12:00 AM

    It might be time for a move to free safety for champ.

  22. torlando1976 says: Mar 6, 2014 12:19 AM

    First play of overtime. A Favre bomb to Greg Jennings to burn Champ for a TD. So much for his greatness.

  23. lanman11 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:03 AM

    Gonna make a run at Mevis.

  24. joshnyc1 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:38 AM

    I can’t help but think that maybe the Broncos are clearing some room for Revis should they be able to make a trade.

  25. footballfan84 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:43 AM


  26. wyrdawg says: Mar 6, 2014 2:12 AM

    Champ anywhere in the NFL, in any capacity, is an upgrade.

  27. allhailkingflacco says: Mar 6, 2014 7:19 AM

    He can move to safety and get another 2-3 years of playing time.

  28. denver1983 says: Mar 6, 2014 8:50 AM

    Everybody saw this coming

  29. thefox61 says: Mar 6, 2014 10:54 AM

    Making room for Brandon Browner?
    Go Seahawks!

  30. raidersftw says: Mar 6, 2014 1:05 PM

    See ya later Chump, all that talk and still no ring for you, ya d-bag

  31. thetwilightsown says: Mar 6, 2014 1:06 PM

    “Frees up 10 million dollars…”

    How is it possible in any way that, with 25 million dollar QB, the Broncos are that far under the cap? Reminds me of the two years they won Super Bowls… And the ridiculous 3rd round pick they had to forfeit for being over the cap those years. Any way, what were we talking about again?

  32. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 6, 2014 1:10 PM

    Elway is not messing around. Get ready to see him use all this cap money on the defensive backs.

  33. nunezmc says: Mar 6, 2014 11:31 PM

    raidersftw says:
    Mar 6, 2014 1:05 PM
    See ya later Chump, all that talk and still no ring for you, ya d-bag


    Lol get all 16 quarterbacks that started in Oakland while Bailey was in Denver to back you up on that one…

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