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Why Champ might want to leave Denver

Posted on: February 16, 2011 6:20 pm
C. Bailey might not be in a Denver uniform next season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Andy already mentioned this in today’s Hot Routes post, but let’s explore a little more the reasons why Broncos CB Champ Bailey, who’s set to be a free agent, has placed his house on the market.

Only two explanations come to mind:

1) He’s tired of living in a multimillion dollar hone and wants to downsize to a small condo.

2) He’s ready to get the hell out of Denver.

Sounds like it might be No. 2.

As Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer points out, the chances of Bailey staying in Denver diminished in October when the organization pulled off the table an offer for a contract extension. The fact negotiations with the team haven’t progressed to Bailey’s liking, the fact the Broncos haven’t been to the playoffs in five seasons and the fact Bailey would have to play for his fourth head coach since 2008 probably doesn’t sit well with him.

Of course, Denver has some concerns as well. Namely that Bailey will turn 33 before next season, and though he remains one of the best cornerbacks in the league, he’s not quite as good as he’s been throughout his career.

Plus, at some point, he’ll move to the less-demanding position of safety, so it might not make sense to give Bailey the kind of money commanded by the top corners in the league if he's not long for that position.

The Broncos, though, haven’t cut off talks with Bailey yet. According to Vic Lombardi, the team has offered Bailey a contract in the neighborhood of four years and $40 million. But the lack of guaranteed money apparently isn’t reassuring to Bailey.

"We've had some dialogue there,” coach John Fox told the Denver Post. "There have been discussions. He's a guy we definitely want to bring back."

Bailey, though, has said his top priority is to play for a team that’s in a position to win immediately. The Broncos probably are not that squad.

The fact Bailey has put his house on the market likely means he agrees with that sentiment. Unless, you know, he’s just looking to move to a studio apartment to save on rent.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:20 am

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

Cabs complete area, I simply really appriciate your new grab the full-time job completed.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 3:50 pm

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

Uhm could it be because the Broncos are going to be real bad over the next few years.

That would be a good reason.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2011 3:22 pm

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

I agree bring him to SF!

Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2011 2:06 pm

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

I'd personally like to see him in S.F. I think most would agree, we need his services more than most!!

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2011 1:33 pm

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

Sounds Like Champ would be perfect for Pittsburgh. With him and Ike Taylor our secondary would be lethal. Let's face it Mcfadden and Gay are not starting corner material but as a 3rd and 4th defensive back they would be ok. (or draft some young corners) With that secondary and already the best safety tandem and linebackers our defense would be that much better. Of course it is unlikely that Steelers would pay him the big money he wants but if he really wants to's fun to think about it.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2011 12:09 pm

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

So the Broncos suck NOW,let the Champ go and see how really bad they are.At least he shuts down one side of the field.Atlanta would be real stupid not to sign him after GB tore them a new one!He is a class guy un like the hand full of Broncos that had issues off the field this past year.Attention Mr.Elway we know Champ is older now but he is still in the top 3  as far as corners go we cant let CHAMP go.

Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:43 am

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

The reason he put his house on the market is that he doesn't want to have two mortgages when he moves to ATLANTA .   Champ's coming back to Georgia (His native home) to finish out his career with a great organization who has a NEED FOR A TOP TIER CBWelcome home CHAMP!

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:26 am

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

Carson Palmer for Champ Bailey? Would be a good trade if both teams didn't suck.

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2011 10:32 am

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

just tag him. if the lock-out hits in a few weeks most likely all tags will be null and void. then you can at least say hey, we want and need you to stay.

and if a new cba is reached before the deadline well champ gets 14 million guaranteed money.

the point is sign him no matter what.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2011 8:59 am

Why Champ might want to leave Denver

Maybe he should go to GB?? Not F..... likely,he might need something to do in the off season,besides shovel snow..

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