Earlier, I relayed a report stating that Tim Tebow was “a man without much support in Denver,” which I found ridiculous. And what was even more ridiculous was the idea that the Broncos would choose to focus on the quarterback position when their defence was a disaster in 2010.
Turns out their priorities are in line. The team is keeping Champ Bailey. Straight from the horse’s mouth (pun intended)…
Bailey was one of several high-profile defensive backs slated to hit the open market once a new collective bargaining agreement is in place. Nnamdi Asomugha and Oshiomogho Atogwe will now be in even higher demand.
The re-signing comes two days after fans held a “Champ Bailey Rally” in Denver Sunday. Although only 40 supporters showed up for the event, it still sends a message that the fan base strongly wanted to bring Bailey back. How often, if ever, do fans hold public rallies for purposes like those? I can only think of one off the top of my head.
There aren’t any numbers yet, but Bailey’s expected to be paid somewhere in the range of $45 million over those four years, which is about right for a player who will be 33 before next season gets underway.
Statistically speaking, the Broncos had the worst defence in the league last year — that despite the fact Bailey had another spectacular campaign, shutting down the red-hot Dwayne Bowe among others.
Now it’s time for Elway to address a front seven that was torn apart on several occasions in 2010.