Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Tue., Feb. 28, 2017 12:00 AM MST Combine Timing and Testing The Combine begins in Indianapolis and runs through March 6.
  • Wed., Mar. 01, 2017 2:00 PM MST Deadline to designate Francise or Transition Players Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  • Tue., Mar. 07, 2017 12:00 AM MST Teams may negotiate with their own Unrestricted Free Agents

    During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.

  • Thu., Mar. 09, 2017 12:00 AM MST 2017 League Year and Free Agency begin

    The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meeting Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Mon., Apr. 03, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with new head coaches may begin offseason workouts Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Fri., Apr. 21, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
  • Wed., Apr. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents. Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 12:00 AM MDT 2017 NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft begins in Philadelphia and runs through April 29.
Print
RSS

Bailey Stays a Bronco

Posted Feb 22, 2011

On Tuesday, Champ Bailey and the club agreed to terms on a new four-year contract.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Last Thursday, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said via Twitter that signing Champ Bailey to a new contract is a priority for the team this offseason.

"We want Champ to finish his Hall of Fame career as a Denver Bronco,” Elway wrote.

On Tuesday, that priority became a reality, as Bailey and the club agreed to terms on a new four-year contract.

"Champ is truly one of the NFL's elite players, a 10-time Pro Bowler who is playing at the absolute highest level," Elway said. "He demands greatness from himself at all times and is going to play a big part in returning the Broncos to championship contention. The commitment that Champ has shown to the Broncos, the city of Denver and this region is exemplary. He's been rightfully embraced by our community for how he's represented the Broncos with his play as well as his generosity and charitable efforts as a two-time Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee."

In an offseason in which the Broncos will look to add a playmaker with the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the team has now already locked up one of the league's most proven playmakers.

Bailey's 10 Pro Bowls mark the most in league history by a cornerback, and his six as a Bronco are tied for fifth in team history.

The 13-year veteran is tied for sixth all-time among Broncos players with 30 interceptions with the club. His 48 career interceptions are tops among cornerbacks and third among all players in the NFL since his rookie season in 1999. That production earned him a spot on the NFL All-Decade team for the 2000s.

Last season, Bailey accumulated 45 tackles, a sack, two interceptions and 13 pass breakups. His campaign highlights included holding Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe without a catch and keeping Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald out of the end zone while breaking up two passes intended for him and drawing an offensive holding penalty against the receiver.

"The talent and leadership that Champ Bailey brings to the Broncos made it very important for us to keep him with the organization," Head Coach John Fox said. "I have admired him for a long time and I really look forward to having him on our team."

General Manager Brian Xanders said in a Q&A with DenverBroncos.com that the team "need(s) some help on defense" heading into 2011. Bailey helps strengthen the secondary as the team moves toward a 4-3 alignment.

Bailey is the third player the Broncos have locked up long-term in the past year, joining Elvis Dumervil and Chris Kuper.

"We're fortunate to have Champ with the Broncos for a long time," Elway said via Twitter. "This is a GREAT day for our entire organization and our fans."