It’s been a helluva run in Denver for Champ Bailey, ever since Mike Shanahan swindled his current team, the Redskins, to acquire him for Clinton Portis in 2004.
But with the Broncos committed to rebuilding after a 4-12 season, Bailey’s Denver days appear to be numbered. Even though Bailey has expressed a desire to return, Broncos new VP of Football operations John Elway was noncommittal on the subject when asked yesterday.
Bailey and the Broncos were reportedly close to a four-year, $44 million in November, but the Broncos backed off as their season continued to go south. It’s understandable: Bailey will turn 33 in June, and history hasn’t been kind to aging corners.
Still, there will be no shortage of suitors for one of the best corners ever who’s still playing at a pretty high level. The following is a list of possible destinations.