Pay him like the “Champ” he is

Champ deserves better in Denver

“I am disappointed, because I want to be here,” Bailey told the Denver Post. “We know that, they know that. What’s the issue here, really?”

So close.  “Drawing near” were the words used to describe the discussions between Champ Bailey and the Denver Broncos.  A potential four-year contract extension was within reach, now, it looks like the deal is as dead as Elvis Dumervil’s season.

“I thought we found a way to make it work, but apparently I was wrong,” “My thing is, my optimism is slowly fading away about staying here.”

Sounds like the words of someone who wants to leave the Mile High city.  Champ is 32 and is in the final season of a seven-year contract.

Pay the man.  As simple as that.  Why would Denver risk losing not only their best defensive player, but the best player on their entire roster.  He means so much to this club.  A veteran who’s not only reliable and consistent, but a good influence in the locker room.  All signs point to Champ being the face of the franchise, so why upset him?

Despite getting up there in age, he’s still in outstanding shape and has at least 3-4 excellent years left in him.  Waiting until the end of the season to continue negotiations is a bad move on Denver’s part.  Although, Nnamdi and Darrelle get all the pub, and deservedly so, Champ is still in a rare company among the elite.  Classified in a dying breed otherwise known as shutdown corner backs, he is still on top of his game. Why would you say otherwise?  He’s one of the best to ever play the position.  Now, the question is: Can he receive some love in Denver?


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