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(KATU)   After losing 43-8 in the Super Bowl, the Broncos can't decide whether their offense or defense is in worse shape. So they make the obvious choice and release an 8-time pro-bowler to free up salary cap space   (katu.com) divider line 40
    More: Asinine, Champ Bailey, Super Bowl, Broncos, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, salary cap, Old Bailey, Defensive Player of the Year, John Elway  
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2014-03-08 05:53:03 PM  
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2014-03-08 07:11:14 PM  
Champ's going to be 36 years old this year.  There's not a lot of miles left on him.
 
2014-03-08 08:06:00 PM  
Dude is OLD for a football player. They're better off using that cap space on someone a lot younger.
 
2014-03-08 08:45:59 PM  
Champ Bailey has been living off his reputation for a while now. You could see that when he got torched by the Ratbirds in the playoffs two seasons ago, and this past year he was covered up by an offense that outgunned virtually everybody.

The whole defense was exposed in the Super Bowl, and he looked really, really old, far removed from anything resembling his Pro Bowl days.
 
2014-03-08 09:33:30 PM  
Subby's fantasy team is still drafting Brett Farve every year, because ESPN.
 
2014-03-08 09:34:33 PM  
1) 12 time, not 8 time.

2) Less than 65% of 12 time Pro Bowlers become 13 time Pro Bowlers.  0% of 12 time Pro Bowl DBs become 13 time Pro Bowl DBs.

This was a smart move.
 
2014-03-08 09:34:33 PM  
Missed 11 games, mid-thirties, 10 mil next year?

Business decision, and the right one.
 
2014-03-08 09:42:32 PM  
Not a lot of tread left on those tires, you know what I mean, man?

/Grudenspeak: OFF
 
2014-03-08 09:42:43 PM  

Kiribub: Business decision, and the right one.


Ayup. D-backs at that age have been rode hard and put away wet. Glue factory.
 
2014-03-08 09:48:58 PM  
Subby must be new to the NFL.
 
2014-03-08 09:52:59 PM  
It's like Subby still thinks it's 2004 or something.
 
2014-03-08 10:06:22 PM  
You might want to sit down for this, subby, but Rod Woodson and Darrell Green are also no longer playing in the NFL.
 
2014-03-08 10:30:29 PM  
First ballot HoFer.
 
2014-03-08 10:33:05 PM  
Can you imagine a defensive secondary with Charles Woodson and Champ Bailey in it during their prime?  Goodness.
 
2014-03-08 10:33:29 PM  

Killer Cars: You might want to sit down for this, subby, but Rod Woodson and Darrell Green are also no longer playing in the NFL.


What! What about Deon Sanders? Tell me that Neon Deon is still playing.
 
2014-03-08 10:51:20 PM  

germ78: It's like Subby still thinks it's 2004 or something.


Yeah subby missed him getting smoked most of last year, hell I loved to watch him in his prime since I'm a Georgia fan but he's done. His speed is gone and that was what made him invaluable as a CB.

Biggest mistake Snyder ever made was that moronic trade because he didn't want to pay him, out of all the money he pissed away and he refuses to pay his star. Just idiotic.
 
2014-03-08 10:54:29 PM  
He was part of a defense that allowed 48 points in the Super Bowl. He's not the only one that should be let go.
 
2014-03-08 10:56:35 PM  
Oops. 43 points. I thought the Seahawks just scored again.
 
2014-03-08 11:22:56 PM  
Right call.  Miss you Champ!  And that trade was totally stupid, you should still be playing in Washington!  Portis was a mess.
 
2014-03-08 11:40:02 PM  
At that age he was lucky this hadn't already happened last year.

As far as the superb owl... Yeah the D gave up 43 but the 8 the offense put up didn't help at all
 
2014-03-08 11:42:42 PM  
Champ was, at one time, one of the best man-cover corners in the league. That's why he made the money he did.

That said, that was a while ago. He hasn't been that good in quite some time....I'm gonna go with 3-4 years ago.

Right now he's not even  'good'. At best I'd call him average.

....


It is time. He needs to go. Even if he signs elsewhere, he'll be 'meh'. Don't overpay for his long lost past. Just let him fade.
 
2014-03-09 12:29:12 AM  
The D gave up 27.  The O/ST gave up 16.
 
2014-03-09 12:56:14 AM  
Champ was a great player, but not anymore.

Should have used Obvious tag.
 
2014-03-09 01:16:45 AM  
Dude made Flacco look elite.  You know how hard that is to do?
 
rka
2014-03-09 01:39:49 AM  
Find me another team that's going to pay him $10 million.

At his age. With his injury history.

It was to nice to speculate about a contract renegotiation to keep him in Denver but let's be honest. The amount of money he'd have to come down to would flat out being embarrassing coming from the Broncos. A player can go somewhere else and sign a lowball offer and still keep his dignity. He can't take a 80% pay cut from the team that was set to pay him $10 million.
 
2014-03-09 03:03:08 AM  
Thank god. Finally. Champ Bailey was never worth what they were paying him. He let almost everything past him, in the selfish interest of only going for interceptions to pad his stats. Maybe now we get an actual CB.
 
2014-03-09 03:17:50 AM  
Well, I am surprised. I thought they would renegotiate the contract rather than cut him out right. I guess Champ thinks he can make more money elsewhere.
 
2014-03-09 08:33:19 AM  
My dear Broncos fan co-worker was all psyched when Bailey came back for the playoffs.  "He's gonna shut down that half of the field," he told me.  "Wilson won't have anyone to throw to."  What really happened is that Bailey flailed helplessly as Seattle receivers shot past him time and time again.
 
2014-03-09 09:31:36 AM  
"Champ will always be a Bronco".  Well, at least til he clears his locker out and returns the playbook.  Oh? he did that right after the Super Bowl?  OKthanksseeyabuhbye!
 
2014-03-09 09:33:01 AM  

rka: Find me another team that's going to pay him $10 million.

At his age. With his injury history.

It was to nice to speculate about a contract renegotiation to keep him in Denver but let's be honest. The amount of money he'd have to come down to would flat out being embarrassing coming from the Broncos. A player can go somewhere else and sign a lowball offer and still keep his dignity. He can't take a 80% pay cut from the team that was set to pay him $10 million.


Even if it means one last shot at a ring?
 
2014-03-09 09:55:15 AM  
Asinine tag? Subby doesn't seem to know much about football.
 
2014-03-09 10:52:26 AM  

thegreg1: At that age he was lucky this hadn't already happened last year.

As far as the superb owl... Yeah the D gave up 43 but the 8 the offense put up didn't help at all


well to be fair, 14 of those points were from a pick 6 and kickoff return, another 14 points were after int's killed bronco offensive drives

that entire team was exposed
 
2014-03-09 12:12:37 PM  
I don't follow the NFL closely ... But even I knew Champ Bailey was done.

Hope he enjoys a long retirement.
 
2014-03-09 12:24:27 PM  
Manning's not going to last another whole year anyway. Who's his backup? Dan Orlovsky?
 
2014-03-09 01:11:01 PM  

worlddan: I guess Champ thinks he can make more money elsewhere.


Ask Brian Urlacher how that worked out for him. The Bears offered him a contract; he refused. No other team offered him a contract. Now he biatches about not having gotten any respect from the Bears even though he was offered $2 mill for one last season when it looked obvious that he was no longer an elite player the year before.
 
2014-03-09 01:36:46 PM  

germ78: worlddan: I guess Champ thinks he can make more money elsewhere.

Ask Brian Urlacher how that worked out for him. The Bears offered him a contract; he refused. No other team offered him a contract. Now he biatches about not having gotten any respect from the Bears even though he was offered $2 mill for one last season when it looked obvious that he was no longer an elite player the year before.


Steelers did the same with Harrison.  Offered 3m and he turned it down.  Now he makes vet minimum with the Bengals.
 
2014-03-09 03:07:04 PM  
I'll miss you getting burned Champ.

Love to see Denver Elways lose.....
 
2014-03-09 04:51:51 PM  

steamingpile: germ78: It's like Subby still thinks it's 2004 or something.

Yeah subby missed him getting smoked most of last year, hell I loved to watch him in his prime since I'm a Georgia fan but he's done. His speed is gone and that was what made him invaluable as a CB.

Biggest mistake Snyder ever made was that moronic trade because he didn't want to pay him, out of all the money he pissed away and he refuses to pay his star. Just idiotic.


"Biggest mistake Snyder ever made."

That's so laughable I can't bring myself to guffaw. Portis was really damn good for a fairly long time, that trade worked for all involved. Of the top 1,000 decisions Snyder has made in his tenure as owner, that one was in the top 2%.
 
2014-03-09 05:06:16 PM  
The Broncos will use the money saved on Bailey's contract to sign another toy for Manning's offense.  That's what happened in Indy and that's what's going to happen in Denver.

They'll use the money to re-sign two receivers, and draft a fourth round CB to replace Bailey.
 
2014-03-09 07:36:46 PM  

macadamnut: Manning's not going to last another whole year anyway. Who's his backup? Dan Orlovsky?



Brock Osweiler, they picked him in the second round the same year Peyton was signed,
 
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