Bailey for Mankins: How to Make Patriots and Broncos Super Bowl Contenders

Pete WilliamsCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2010

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Cornerback Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos lines up against against the Seattle Seahawks at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 31-14.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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As Week 6 is approaching, trade rumors are heating up—and tradenicks like myself love to speculate.

The collapse of negotiations between Champ Bailey and the Denver Broncos made me think of the possible options of that breakdown.

Now I know that Bailey in many personifies the Broncos and that both he and McDaniels has expressed their hopes of Bailey staying in Denver.

But bear with me as I try to explain why a trade between the Broncos and Patriots for Bailey and Mankins to a certain extent would make some sense.

For Denver

Mankins would be the veteran player that could tie the Denver O-line together for many years to come. An O-line that needs an experienced leader and not least a player that would help getting the running game going in Denver.

In my book Denver needs to get a running game going if they have any aspirations of going to the playoffs. With a strong running game Denver would be a lot better team on third down and in the red zone, and could be looking at scoring 30-40 points a game.

A secondary without Bailey, would of course lack a shut-down corner and be exposed in the passing game, but the argument is that with the explosive passing game and the run game to control the clock, it would be a risk worth taking. I think the Denver secondary has okay depth to hold up without Bailey—if the offense can average between 30-40 points a game.

For New England

Mankins seems like he is dead weight in New England. And although many commentators are looking for Mankins as trade bait in going for a Randy Moss replacement, I see Bailey as a lot more interesting piece to the puzzle in New England.

With Bailey in New England, the Patriots would immediately move up as one of the four favorites to win the Super Bowl. Not only would Bailey be a shut-down corner, but he would more importantly bring a ton of experience to a talented, but very young secondary, until they are 100 percent ready.

The Stumbling Blocks

In Denver

  • Josh McDaniels could risk being run out of town by the Denver die-hard fans as Bailey has iconic status in Denver. 
  • McDaniels would have to be 100 percent sure that Mankins is the solution to his awful running game.
  • Mankins wants a hefty contract and does it add up in the end for the organization with a lock-out in 2011 looming.

In New England

  • Will Belichick cough up the money; how much is a great, but aging Bailey worth in Belichick's scheme.
  • Belichick could think that with the potential his corners have shown there is no need for Bailey. Those young guys will be fully ready come playoff time.