As expected, the Broncos have tendered restricted free agents Chris Harris (second round, $2.187M) and Mitch Unrein (right of first refusal, $1.431M), and nontendered Trindon Holliday.
If you don't consider middle linebacker one of Denver’s biggest issues, please raise your hand. There will be men in white coats coming around to take you for a nice car ride soon...
We all know that the Mike has been problematic for Denver ever since Al Wilson went down with a neck injury back in 2006.
There’s been a laundry list of people who stepped in and did their best, but none were truly up to the job. I thought Wesley Woodyard was the best of the group (especially in coverage), but he’s a bit too small to hold up to the runs up the middle. That showed last season.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! With Champ Bailey out of the picture, there's no longer any doubt that Denver will be pursuing cornerbacks this offseason.
Mike Klis maintains the team will try to re-sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and he's sticking to his estimate of $6.5M-7M per year.
We're sticking to our opinion that such a number won't get it done - the salary cap has increased by more than 8% over 2013, and that has to change the calculus of free agency this year.
Meanwhile, Klis confirms Mike Chappell's report that Denver was prepared to pay D'Qwell Jackson a contract similar to what he got from Indy.
According to PFT, the Broncos have opted not to tender return man Trindon Holliday as a restricted free agent.
Instead, the boom-or-bust player will be free to sign with any team, for a salary that we believe could be as low as $570K.
The Broncos announced their release of Champ Bailey on Thursday afternoon. Said John Elway in a statement:
This was a difficult decision for our team with everything that Champ Bailey has meant to the Denver Broncos and this community over the last 10 years. Without question, he’s among the best cornerbacks to ever play the game and one of the finest players in the history of the Broncos. You couldn’t ask for more in a player than what Champ brought to this team. His combination of elite talent, class, leadership and competitiveness made him one of the all-time greats.
Not defending #colts paying D'Qwell Jackson $22 mill/$11 mill guaranteed. But Denver, Tenn and Miami would have ponied up that much.— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) March 6, 2014
Good Morning, Broncos fans! We're now just two days shy of the annual legalized tampering period, and five days from the official start of free agency.
With Champ Bailey's salary about to come off the books, Denver has enough room to go on a shopping spree to rival their past two offseasons - when they added Peyton Manning, Louis Vasquez, Terrance Knighton, Wes Welker, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, among others.
There may be no part of the NFL year that's more exciting than this, games included.
Look, we all saw this coming, didn't we? It's been obvious for many months now that Champ Bailey would not be back in 2014, at least not at his $10M cap figure.
The only question was whether the future HOFer would accept a hefty pay cut and/or shift to safety in order to stick around.
Obviously, the answers are no, and no.
Jackson had visited Denver, Tennessee, and Miami, and had reportedly drawn interest from Arizona and Minnesota as well.
Legendary corner Champ Bailey will be released by the Broncos after ten seasons with the team.
The three-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowler was told of the decision by Johns Elway and Fox on Wednesday.
Bailey was not offered a chance to renegotiate a lower salary or position move, but acknowledges he may have to shift to safety to catch on elsewhere.