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steeler_fan_in_t.o.
02-23-2011, 02:33 PM
What does this contract mean for Ike?

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/f ... tra_022311 (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/02/22/broncos.sign.champ.bailey.ap/index.html?xid=siextra_022311)


Broncos sign Bailey to 4-year deal

DENVER (AP) -- Champ Bailey fantasized about being wined and dined as the prize of the 2011 free agent class. He dreamed about jetting across the country to be wooed and wowed.

In the end, though, the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback excused the Broncos for pulling a four-year contract offer off the table back in October and decided to stay in Denver even though he might have made more money on the open market.

"One thing I've learned, the grass ain't always greener," Bailey said Tuesday after signing a four-year deal with Denver worth more than $40 million. "I could go to an organization that looks like they're ready and then they're not ready and then I'm miserable because I'm around a lot of unfamiliar faces and in an unfamiliar place.

"I thought about that and I thought about being on the market. But all in all, it didn't really take me to forgive them. There's new people in charge up there. I know that I could have gotten something worked out. Once Josh McDaniels left, things did work out, didn't it?"

One reason he didn't test free agency, he said, was the league's labor uncertainty.

The sides are meeting in Washington, D.C., under federal mediation in a bid to find common ground before the current labor deal expires at the end of the day March 3. The union has said it believes team owners want to lock out the players as soon as the next day, which could threaten the 2011 season.

"There is no certainty once March 4 rolls around," Bailey said. "That played a role in my decision, to make sure something got done. I don't know what's going to happen after March 3, because of the CBA and all of that stuff. You don't know how teams are going to react to free agents and what's going to be out there. I just figured if I can, get it done.

"But, it's really what I wanted all along anyway."

Bailey remains one of the league's premiere shutdown cornerbacks even at age 32. He just played in his 10th Pro Bowl, a record for cornerbacks, but the one big void in his career is a trip to the Super Bowl.

"When you talk about awards, things you can take home to remember your career, the ring is the most important thing," Bailey said on a conference call with media that cover the Broncos. "I want to get that ring, and I want to do it here."

Bailey, who has only been to the playoffs three times in his 12 NFL seasons, said he thinks the Broncos are in capable hands under new coach John Fox, who has deep defensive roots, and can quickly halt a five-year playoff drought.

"It may sound stupid, but in a few years, hopefully you guys will look back and say, 'Well, Champ said they could turn around pretty quick,"' Bailey said. "So hopefully this thing will get turned around a lot faster than we all expect."

Bailey and pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil, who missed last season with a torn chest muscle a year after leading the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009, are now the cornerstones of Denver's massive defensive makeover.

"Champ is truly one of the NFL's elite players, a 10-time Pro Bowler who is playing at the absolute highest level," Broncos football chief John Elway wrote on Twitter. "The commitment and loyalty that Champ has shown to the Broncos, the city of Denver and this region is exemplary. We're fortunate to have Champ with the Broncos for a long time. This is a GREAT day for our entire organization and our fans."

Even though most teams only throw his way a couple times a game, Bailey's 48 career interceptions rank first among cornerbacks since he entered the league as the seventh overall pick by the Washington Redskins in 2009 and his 183 pass breakups are tops among players during the past 12 years.

"Signing Champ was a top priority this offseason," general manager Brian Xanders said in a statement. "He has shown incredible loyalty to the Broncos organization and this community in his seven seasons with the club. His value on and off the field is immeasurable, and we couldn't be happier that he is positioned to finish his Hall of Fame career as a Bronco."

Bailey said he appreciated Elway's involvement in re-signing him and also the Broncos' willingness to extend an offer to him just four months shy of his 33rd birthday.

"It means a lot, because you don't see it happen very often. But I've got to be honest, not to sound arrogant or anything, but I don't come along very often, either. ... and I appreciate the fact that they realize that and they realize how important it was for me to stay here."

It had started to look as if the Broncos would lose Bailey this offseason. Even when they reopened talks with his representatives earlier this month, Bailey decided to try to sell his Littleton home that he bought for $1.6 million a few years ago.

"Well, you know what, everything that you say publicly has something to do with negotiations," Bailey acknowledged. "It always does. Jay Cutler putting his house up a few years ago. I mean, c'mon. It all has something to do with negotiations."

Bailey would still like to sell his house. Maybe he's intent on downsizing because when he was asked if he'd be interested in upgrading to the mansion of NBA star Carmelo Anthony, who was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks in a blockbuster trade Tuesday, he said no way.

"Oh, no. That's too much. I've been in that house," Bailey said. "Oh no, that's too much."

Bailey's deal was welcome news in a city that was hit hard by the departures of Anthony and homegrown star Chauncey Billups, which followed the recent retirement of hockey great Peter Forsberg after a short-lived comeback attempt with the Colorado Avalanche.

Bailey said deep down he never wanted to leave Denver.

"I feel like I'm a Denver native. I'm not from here, but it feels good here. I feel like I'm home. That played a big part in my decision to stay, because I want to help make this city proud," he said. "It's been a while. I don't think we've done anything good since the (2005 AFC) championship game. The fans deserve it, and I want to be a part of making it happen for them."

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Snatch98
02-23-2011, 02:40 PM
I didn't read the article. Just looked for the contract length and total. I'd guess because of his age there are some incentives attached and Bailey can catch. Ike cannot. Ike isn't going to command 40 million. If anything he gets a contract similar to his last, maybe a little more and I'd be okay with that type of deal.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
02-23-2011, 02:46 PM
Of course it depends on the guaranteed money but......

Bailey is 32 (almost 33) - Ike is 30
Bailey is widely considered to be the top corner in this FA class - Ike is considered #2
Bailey received 4 years, $43M (reportedly)

If we figure that Bailey got around $15M guaranteed then I would figure Ike would be worth somewhere in the 5 year, $44M with also about $15M guaranteed.

RuthlessBurgher
02-23-2011, 02:50 PM
Of course it depends on the guaranteed money but......

Bailey is 32 (almost 33) - Ike is 30
Bailey is widely considered to be the top corner in this FA class - Ike is considered #2
Bailey received 4 years, $43M (reportedly)

If we figure that Bailey got around $15M guaranteed then I would figure Ike would be worth somewhere in the 5 year, $44M with also about $15M guaranteed.

Nnamdi Asomugha is considered to be the #1 corner on the market by far.

hawaiiansteel
02-23-2011, 03:01 PM
Nnamdi Asomugha is considered to be the #1 corner on the market by far.


wouldn't Asomugha look really good playing right next to Troy? :tt2

http://cdn0.sbnation.com/imported_assets/656822/troy-polamalu-43-and-nnamdi-asomugha-21-2008-tfsq2k_medium.jpg

ScoreKeeper
02-23-2011, 04:43 PM
I'm pretty sure some of that contract came from Champs name alone.

Yinz know the saying.......you pay for the past, and 3 years into the future.

RuthlessBurgher
02-23-2011, 04:51 PM
I posted the following on the "Defensive Backs Abundant In Free Agency Market" thread where the news of Bailey's new contract was first reported:


Here's how it breaks down: Bailey will receive a fully guaranteed $11 million salary in 2011, $11 million in 2012, and $10.5 million in both 2013 and 2014.

The first week of the 2011 season will trigger a guarantee worth $4 million for 2012. Bailey's remaining $7 million salary in 2012 will be guaranteed against injury, and it will become fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2012 league year.

http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_17454037?source=commented-sports

It's basically a guaranteed $11 million for 2011. They can cut him next March if he underperforms in 2011, and he would only count as $4 million worth of dead money against their 2012 cap. Everything after that is entirely un-guaranteed, so the 3rd and 4th years are a sham (and since he'll be in his late 30's at that point, they can dump him with no penalty). Four years and $43 million sounds good for the papers, but it's not reality.

SteelBucks
02-23-2011, 05:41 PM
Nnamdi Asomugha is considered to be the #1 corner on the market by far.


wouldn't Asomugha look really good playing right next to Troy? :tt2

http://cdn0.sbnation.com/imported_assets/656822/troy-polamalu-43-and-nnamdi-asomugha-21-2008-tfsq2k_medium.jpg

:Agree It doesn't hurt to dream.

feltdizz
02-23-2011, 08:11 PM
I don't see Ike getting a huge contract from any team besides Arizona.

Ike is great in our D but I'm not sure if teams are willing to give him lock down corner money.

ScoreKeeper
02-23-2011, 08:15 PM
I don't see Ike getting a huge contract from any team besides Arizona.

Ike is great in our D but I'm not sure if teams are willing to give him lock down corner money.
Yep, he sucks. Just like Ben. Hell to Christ, they all suck. Trade the ****ing team and start from scratch.

Our team motto should be....................

PLAY LIKE A BENGAL TODAY!

The Sodfather
02-24-2011, 08:12 AM
PLAY LIKE A BENGAL TODAY!

http://cdn1.trojanwire.com/heritage/images/carson-cornhole.jpg

I had no idea you swung that way.

feltdizz
02-24-2011, 09:29 AM
I don't see Ike getting a huge contract from any team besides Arizona.

Ike is great in our D but I'm not sure if teams are willing to give him lock down corner money.
Yep, he sucks. Just like Ben. Hell to Christ, they all suck. Trade the bad word team and start from scratch.

Our team motto should be....................

PLAY LIKE A BENGAL TODAY!

Ike doesn't suck... but I doubt he gets big money in FA.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
02-24-2011, 03:45 PM
Of course it depends on the guaranteed money but......

Bailey is 32 (almost 33) - Ike is 30
Bailey is widely considered to be the top corner in this FA class - Ike is considered #2
Bailey received 4 years, $43M (reportedly)

If we figure that Bailey got around $15M guaranteed then I would figure Ike would be worth somewhere in the 5 year, $44M with also about $15M guaranteed.

Nnamdi Asomugha is considered to be the #1 corner on the market by far.

True enough....my mind seems to be failing me in my old age.

However, getting back to the point. If the Bailey bar is set, where does Ike find himself in comparison?