Yesterday, Champ Bailey and his agent Jack Reale won the PR side-battle that today typically accompanies any significant contract negotiation. A statement presumably from Reale expressed the player and agent's frustration with the lack of progress on the guaranteed-money front and was followed by Champ's pronouncement that he would be propping a "For Sale" sign out front of his Littleton home. The latter message prompted a small grassroots campaign to rally fans for the two sides to come to an agreement.
Today, John Elway has responded via Twitter:
We've been working with Champ Bailey's representative this week on a new contract, which is an important priority for us. Our conversations have been constructive, and we'll continue those talks in the hopes that we can reach an agreement. Champ's an elite player who means a great deal to our entire organization and our fans. We want Champ to finish his Hall of Fame career as a Denver Bronco.
Honestly, there's probably not much in the way of substance here (on either side). Both parties have come out with some rather vanilla statements, neither showing much in the way of contention. Champ won Round 1, and now Elway has perhaps won Round 2 in the court of public opinion... While a select few (Kiszla, cough) would say Champ is acting like a spoiled brat by saying he'll sell his house, isn't this just the typical back and forth of public contract negotiations?