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Old 06-25-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
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Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey is willing to take less money when he switches to the interior secondary position in a few years, which the 11-year veteran conceded he will do later in his career.
But he likely won't make the conversion for another three or four seasons, and he expects to be paid premium cornerback money for that stretch.
Bailey's pursuit of a contract extension, first reported by the Denver News earlier this week, actually began in February during the NFL combine, ESPN.com confirmed, when agent Jack Reale approached general manager Brian Xanders about a potential add-on of four years. Bailey, who turned 32 on Tuesday, is entering the final season of the seven-year, $63 million contract he signed in Denver when the Broncos acquired him from Washington in 2004, and he is scheduled to make $13 million in 2010, including bonuses and base salary.
He is open to taking less money later on in a deal, when he likely will be playing safety, and isn't as concerned about the annual average of the contract as he is about the value over the next three or four seasons. But four months after the initial meeting, Bailey's side still hasn't been presented with a proposal.
Bailey and Reale are both class acts, and it's uncharacteristic for the agent to speak publicly about the contract stalemate. But with Broncos management facing some pressing priorities -- such as dealing with dual first-rounders Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow, and a possible long-term extension for linebacker Elvis Dumervil -- they wanted to make sure Bailey is on the team's radar screen.
Still one of the game's top corners, Bailey has been to the Pro Bowl nine times in 11 seasons, and was an alternate the other two years. Entering his 12th season, he will play for his ninth different coordinator (he had two stints with Mike Nolan, in Washington in 1999, and in Denver last year), and is on his eighth different secondary coach.
Bailey never had the same coordinator for successive seasons during his five-year Redskins tenure. He has had the same coordinator for more than two consecutive seasons only once in his entire career. Ditto his secondary coach. "That's a lot of adjusting," Reale told ESPN.com earlier this week.
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Gosh, I don't know.
Champ has been my favorite player since he came into the league a Redskin, and it was amazing when he got traded to my team. However, I don't know about him playing corner for 3-4 more seasons. I'm thinking 2, and then move him to safety for 4 years. Retire at the age of 38.
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as soon as a player wants more money it seems like fans start to turn on them.
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as soon as a player wants more money it seems like fans start to turn on them.
They can't pay top dollar to everyone on the team that wants it.
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Champ is no dummy and he knows he won't get that kind of money here, that he's on a team that seems to knee jerk when a players speaks up about what he wants. I've heard and read Champ say it before, he doesn't need money, he doesn't need pro bowls, he wants the Superbowl. And he knows he ain't getting it here before he retires.

So in the offseason when he jets out of town, he still looks like a pretty good guy because McD wouldn't give him what he wanted after playing great AND being a McD yes-man.

He'll go to a top tier team and take less than top CB money I'm guessing.

I also think Champ actually likes being a Bronco, and saw some hope before Shanahan left. They were only a couple years removed from the AFC Championship game. Good or bad, whatever the hell McD is doing, he's tearing this team apart from the inside so he can rebuild. It could take years to rebound from this.
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I'd pay him well for 2yrs and less for 2 additional seasons. That's 4 including this year. Anyone who thinks he'll be worth a turd after that is smoking it.
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Champ is no dummy and he knows he won't get that kind of money here, that he's on a team that seems to knee jerk when a players speaks up about what he wants. I've heard and read Champ say it before, he doesn't need money, he doesn't need pro bowls, he wants the Superbowl. And he knows he ain't getting it here before he retires.

So in the offseason when he jets out of town, he still looks like a pretty good guy because McD wouldn't give him what he wanted after playing great AND being a McD yes-man.

He'll go to a top tier team and take less than top CB money I'm guessing.
I could see him finish his career up in Washington.
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I could see him finish his career up in Washington.
Me too. He likes Shanahan, and it would mean he didn't jump a bunch of teams in his career.
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They can't pay top dollar to everyone on the team that wants it.
Champ is just some regular player now I guess.
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Well, some say he has lost a step....he doesn't even lead the team in jersey sales anymore

Seriously though, he's no longer worth "premium CB money", offer him a reasonable deal and let him walk if he rejects it.
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I'd pay him well for 2yrs and less for 2 additional seasons. That's 4 including this year. Anyone who thinks he'll be worth a turd after that is smoking it.
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I'd love to pay champ a ton of money, but i dont think he (or CB) is worth 12 mil a year
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Well, some say he has lost a step....he doesn't even lead the team in jersey sales anymore

Seriously though, he's no longer worth "premium CB money", offer him a reasonable deal and let him walk if he rejects it.
The dude allowed one TD all year and teams completed 53% of passes against him. Lost a step blah, so did Rod Woodson.

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First sign the rookies. Then lock up Doom. Then work on extending Champ. I want Champ to play for Denver into his 40'S
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Champ is no dummy and he knows he won't get that kind of money here, that he's on a team that seems to knee jerk when a players speaks up about what he wants. I've heard and read Champ say it before, he doesn't need money, he doesn't need pro bowls, he wants the Superbowl. And he knows he ain't getting it here before he retires.

So in the offseason when he jets out of town, he still looks like a pretty good guy because McD wouldn't give him what he wanted after playing great AND being a McD yes-man.

He'll go to a top tier team and take less than top CB money I'm guessing.

I also think Champ actually likes being a Bronco, and saw some hope before Shanahan left. They were only a couple years removed from the AFC Championship game. Good or bad, whatever the hell McD is doing, he's tearing this team apart from the inside so he can rebuild. It could take years to rebound from this.

Oh.

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Spend that money on the front seven.

Besides, the Broncos have Phonsie "Shutdown" Smiff waiting in the wings...
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First sign the rookies. Then lock up Doom. Then work on extending Champ. I want Champ to play for Denver into his 40'S
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And so does McDaniels...
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The more I think about it, the more surprised I'd be if we gave him a long term contract. No one knows how the CBA is going to turn out.

If there is a hold out next year, he'd be coming back at age 34? On a huge salary. Money that could better be spent else where when all teams will be scrambling to put teams back together and there will likely be a lot of decent players in the free agent pool? Heaps of rookies as well - 2 seasons worth if my logic is sound.

If there is not a hold out, he plays this year, we franchise him next and then he's too old to be getting top tier money anywhere - if he can good for him but it won't be from us.
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The dude allowed one TD all year and teams completed 53% of passes against him. Lost a step blah, so did Rod Woodson.

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I haven't looked up the numbers but do you think Revis allowed 53% completions? Do you think Champ did when he was making his DPOY run a few years back? And don't make any excuses, top money goes to the top corner. If we got to pick any CB in the league to go one on one with the best WR out there, I don't think many are picking Champ in that scenario.
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i love champ as much as the next guy, and he is still easily a top 5 corner in the league...but expect to see him on another team before this regime pays him top corner money...
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i love champ as much as the next guy, and he is still easily a top 5 corner in the league...but expect to see him on another team before this regime pays him top corner money...
I think Champ fully knows his value and he will stay a Bronco because they fully know his value to this team too. It will be far less than top corner money this just posturing. Happens every year yet we fret over it every year.

Tell me what is the difference between us and the home maker that can't wait for the next episode of Ohpra?
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