Denver Broncos Re-Sign C Casey Wiegmann, Cut LB Boss Bailey

Sayre BedingerSenior Writer IJune 17, 2009

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 21:  Center Casey Wiegmann #62 prepares to make the snap to quaterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos against the New Orleans Saints during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 21, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Saints 34-32.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Casey Wiegmann will be making his NFL record 128th NFL start as an NFL center for the Denver Broncos in 2009 after signing a two-year contract extension with the team on Wednesday.

Wiegmann, an undrafted free agent out of Iowa back in 1996, made his first career Pro Bowl in 2008 as an alternate for Kevin Mawae.  Due to his play and fairly modest contract, Wiegmann felt he deserved more money from the Broncos and openly stated that he would retire if Denver did not pay up.

Unlike wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Wiegmann impressed the new coaching staff by showing up to all but one off season activity, voluntary or mandatory, and that was an excused absence to attend a family event.

"They had patience, we had patience," Broncos' head coach Josh McDaniels said.  "We tried to make sure we did this the right way. We tried to do what is in the best interest of Casey and the Denver Broncos."

I have been open about my opinion of Wiegmann, and how impressed I am with his work ethic and professional approach to wanting a more fruitful contract, and apparently so is new coach McDaniels.

"I can't say enough about the way he went through this process," McDaniels said. "We're very grateful."

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After losing Jay Cutler to the Bears, and Brandon Marshall now requesting a trade, the Broncos are guaranteed to retain at least one of their three 2008 Pro Bowl performers.

Boss Bailey Cut

After missing all of the team's off season workouts, linebacker Boss Bailey was released today. 

"I wasn't really surprised by it. I understand how the business goes," Bailey said. "It's a business call. I appreciate everything they've done for me since I've been here. Once you're a Bronco, you're always a Bronco."

Bailey is the brother of star cornerback Champ Bailey, and was one of Denver's biggest signings prior to the 2008 season.  He played well until suffering a season ending knee injury, and the fact that half of Denver's defensive linemen from 2008 are now playing linebacker did not bode well for Bailey's future with the team.

The Broncos also released veteran linebacker/special teams player Louis Green.