Friday, October 8, 2010

Broncos cut off talks with Champ Bailey

The Denver Broncos abruptly halted a contract negotiation that was nearing a deal, saying they want to resume talks after the season.

"I am disappointed because I want to be here," Bailey told the Denver Post. "We know that, they know that. What's the issue here, really?"

Bailey, 32, was close to receiving a four-year contract extension.

The nine-time Pro Bowl cornerback is in the final year of a seven-year contract.

In the final season of a seven-year contract, Bailey, 32, can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

"We were scheduled for a discussion on the contract offer they had recently e-mailed me," Reale said. "Before we had a chance for discussion, I received a call saying they wanted to put it off and wait until the end of the season.

"That is certainly their option and while not pleased, since no player likes playing in the last year of his contract, we respect their right to pursue that approach. Champ will do what he always does. Play hard, give 100 percent, keep quiet and lead this team."

Author: The National Football Post

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