Sunday, February 10, 2013
Should Broncos keep Champ?
By Tom Carpenter
There are plenty of reasons why the Denver Broncos could cut ties with Champ Bailey this offseason. After all, he will be 35 years old before next season starts and the Broncos will owe him $10.5 million (including his $1 million roster bonus). However, Mike Klis of the Denver Post expects the club to keep him for the 2013 campaign.
"There was a speculative report out there that Champ Bailey is possible cap casualty. Not true. Champ will be Bronco in 2013. He will make $10.5 million in 2013," Klis tweeted Saturday.
ESPN NFL Insider Chris Sprow agrees that the Broncos should not cut Bailey but thinks a restructured contract may be in the offing:
Chris SprowWho to cut, who to keep
"We've been waiting for Bailey to struggle at corner and take his Rod Woodson-inspired pre-retirement trip to safety for about three years, and every year he shows up and is the best corner the Broncos have. In his age 31-34 seasons, Bailey has played in 60 of 64 possible games. Denver saves $9.5 million against the cap if he's not around in 2013, but that shouldn't be the goal. Bailey was one of the five best corners in the league in 2012, and he still hasn't been set out to the proverbial safety pasture. Denver needs to find a way to restructure."