Tag:Champ Bailey
Posted on: February 16, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 5:04 pm

Hot Routes 2.16.11 surgeries and squabbles

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit


Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:46 pm

Ike Taylor could test free agent waters

I. Taylor likely will test the free agent waters (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange (and sometimes of CBSSports.com) has an interesting report on what will happen with Steelers No. 1 CB Ike Taylor now that he’ll be an unrestricted free agent no matter the resolution of the CBA.

According to Pasquarelli, Taylor and the Steelers have had zero negotiations (in part, I imagine, because of that whole “going to the Super Bowl” thing), and Taylor seems pretty intent on checking out what he could fetch on the open market.

"I've been (in Pittsburgh) my whole career, and I'd like to finish with the Steelers," Taylor told Pasquarelli. "It's my home, and I really don't know anything else. But (stuff) happens, so we'll see."

Taylor, as we all know, doesn’t make many interceptions – in part it’s because his hands aren’t exactly wonderful – but he’s turned himself into one of the better cover corners in the AFC.

Taylor signed a five-year, $22.5 million extension in 2006, but he wants more money on his next contract, and considering the Steelers likely will franchise-tag LB LaMarr Woodley, Taylor might fall through the cracks.

The loss of Taylor would be big for Pittsburgh, because the Steelers don’t really have anyone who can step in and immediately fill his spot (competently, I mean). But the reason Taylor will want to taste the free agent market is because he (obviously) stands to make a great deal of money.

And since he’s not the elitest of the elite CBs – and free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha, Champ Bailey and Antonio Cromartie also will be available – he could get paid handsomely by teams who need solid corners and are willing to spend money but can’t afford to pay a guy like Asomughi what he wants.

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 8:39 pm

Champ Bailey is a little tired of this scene

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

More possible fallout from Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s decision to fire coach Josh McDaniels: Champ Bailey – one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL for the past decade who's a free agent after this season – might look to move on to a team that, let’s say, has a more stable environment than the one which has fired its second head coach in the past three years.

"It's not all in my hands. I just know that once I'm a free agent, I can control where I go, and it's about who wants me," Bailey told the Denver Post. "Hopefully, the Broncos will want me.

“I hope whatever plan they go with they believe in it, they stick with it and let it play itself out. I don't know if I could stand another change, after this one. This is the last straw for me. I really don't like dealing with this now, not at this point in my career."

It’s hard to blame him. After all, he’s watched as Denver has gone from a 13-win team in 2005 with coach Mike Shanahan to a squad coached by McDaniels that’s lost 17 of its past 22 games. The Broncos offered him a contract extension before the season, but they pulled it off the table, a decision that Bailey couldn't have enjoyed.

In other Bailey/McDaniels news, Bailey refuted a report from the CBS affiliate in Denver that he and McDaniels had a verbal altercation Monday afternoon.

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 11:04 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 11:05 pm

Broncos will wait on Champ Bailey contract

Posted by Andy Benoit

Just tying up loose ends here….on Thursday, the Denver Broncos broke off contract talks with future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey until after the season. Bailey is in the seventh and final year of his original Broncos contract.

Bailey’s agent, Jack Reale, and the organization were close to reaching a four-year extension for the nine-time Pro Bowler. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Bailey wasn’t thrilled with the terms of that deal, but he was willing to accept it because he likes playing in Mile High City. However, the Broncos pulled out of the talks.

"We were scheduled for a discussion on the contract offer they had recently e-mailed me," Reale said. "Before we had a chance for discussion, I received a call saying they wanted to put it off and wait until the end of the season.

"That is certainly their option, and while not pleased, since no player likes playing in the last year of his contract, we respect their right to pursue that approach.

"Champ will do what he always does: play hard, give 100 percent, keep quiet and lead this team."

Bailey’s franchise tag after the season would cost over $10 million. Likely, he’ll either have to reach a deal with the team or move on to another organization. Determining Bailey’s future value could be a bit difficult given that he’s expected to move to free safety at some point.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:11 am

Champ Bailey on crutches, not worried

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Denver Post reports that Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey left Invesco Field on crutches Sunday night. Bailey’s right ankle was lightly wrapped.

"It happens," Bailey said. "I should be all right, though."

He’d better be. The Broncos host Peyton Manning and the Colts in Week 3. The Broncos hope and believe that Bailey’s injury is simply a bruise.

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 8:45 pm

Harvin to undergo MRI

P. Harvin couldn't hang onto this pass, and Miami's V. Davis picked up the INT (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A few injury updates on this Sunday night.

Vikings WR Percy Harvin will undergo an MRI after reinjuring his hip in the Vikings loss to the Dolphins.

"We knew coming into the game that it was going to get tight," Harvin told the media after the game, including espn1500.com. “Just sitting on the sidelines for a while, it kept tightening up, and it was hard to get loose. When it came to the fourth quarter I got adrenaline rushing a little bit, so I kind of forced my way back on the field a little bit. We'll evaluate it (Monday) and see what's going on."

Harvin didn’t practice much this past week because of the hip, but Minnesota made him active anyway. He finished with five catches for 32 yards, but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent and bobbled a pass at the goal line that Miami intercepted.

"It just grabs," Harvin said of the injury. "I can't really get to the top of my speed. It kind of grabs a little bit, and it's hard to stop and go. It's something I'll keep treating, and each week hopefully, it'll get better."

As for TE Jason Witten, who clearly was upset with the Dallas medical staff who wouldn’t let him back into the game, he suffered a concussion. So, obviously, there’s no telling when he’ll return.

Andwhile we’re at it, the Denver Post reports Broncos CB Champ Bailey left the locker room with crutches. His right ankle was lightly wrapped.

“It happens,” Bailey said. “I should be all right, though.”

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 2:42 pm

Revis hold-out might last a while

D. Revis, if he continues his hold-out, will have plenty of more time for photo shoots (Getty). I talked with Lauren Shehadi on Monday during the CBSSports.com Around the League video segment , and I told her I thought the New York Jets would take care of CB Darrelle Revis’ contract. They’d have to, I thought. He’s the best cornerback in the league and he has plenty of leverage.

But I also pointed out that New York had moved Antonio Cromartie to Revis’ side of the field, so it seemed that the Jets felt like a longer hold-out was a possibility. But – and I don’t think I said this – I didn’t expect his absence to last into the season.

Well, that might not be the case. At least, that’s the sense I got from reading this Boston Globe story about Revis’ holdout, which entered its third day today.

From Albert Breer’s piece:

What are the chances the Jets start playing games that count without Revis? Better than you think.

“The main issue with us at this point is total compensation,’’ owner Woody Johnson said. “The guaranteed money or length of a contract or all the things that are part of a contract. . . we haven’t even negotiated those, because we’re so far apart on the other one.’’

The gap is, indeed, cavernous, according to league sources. The Jets have made a one-year offer, giving Revis a hefty raise from his $1 million salary with a promise to revisit the situation later, and they’ve also made a blockbuster long-term offer. Revis’ opinion of both is represented by his absence.

But more than the dollars, the divide is philosophical.

Revis’ position is simple. He wants that highest-paid-cornerback designation. That distinction now belongs to the RaidersNnamdi Asomugha, who signed a three-year, $45.3 million deal with $28.3 million guaranteed in 2009 that brings him $16.585 million in 2010.

Breer then points out something I hadn’t thought about. Sure, Revis deserves to be one of the highest-paid players in the NFL – though I don’t see how New York will give him $15 million – but he’s still only a third-year player who still has three years left on his contract.

Oakland’s Asomugha played out a contract and then was franchise-tagged before getting his huge contract. Asante Samuel, Dunta Robinson, Nate Clements and Champ Bailey went through similar circumstances. Why shouldn’t Revis have to wait a little longer – prove a little more – before he gets paid like a big-boy cornerback.

I think eventually Revis will get more money, because he’s so invaluable to the Jets defense. But it might take longer to get him on the field than I originally thought. And New York – financially and defensively – will be the poorer for it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:03 pm

DBs role is evolving

N Asomugha making yet another play (Getty) In a noteworthy read, the National Football Post’s Matt Bowen discusses the lockdown cornerback that most teams don’t have and whether they’re an imperative for a championship-caliber team.

Bowen’s analysis: not really.

Bowen agrees with our top five cornerbacks list (in part, anyway) by talking about Darrelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha and Champ Bailey and how much they bring to a defense. But not having a CB that can shut down the entire half of a field doesn’t mean your team has no chance to win.

As Bowen explains:

Defenses have changed in the NFL. The Tampa 2, the zone teams, are a dying breed. Yes, every club still plays a form of Cover, 2, Cover 3 and even some Cover 4 in the red zone, but the focus has shifted. Pressure is the No.1 goal in the NFL today, and with pressure comes accountability from the secondary. Regardless of the 3-4 or 4-3 front, pressure is king. …

Defensive schemes in the NFL have shifted to the point where corners don’t have to cover routes that have three different breaks. With six and seven-man pressures (and even eight-man pressure at times), corners can react faster, take more chances and rely on the pressure to allow them to make plays. You can get by with second tier players at the position because of this.

This, of course, doesn’t mean teams shouldn’t try to find corners who can shut down the wide receiver in front of them. But, in Bowen’s mind, it’s no longer a necessity to have those kinds of DBs either.

--Josh Katzowitz

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