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07:32 AM ET 02.10 | With one decision, the Broncos could just about double their purchasing power. Denver has a little more than $10.25 million of salary cap room once tenders for restricted free agents (which includes cornerback Chris Harris) and exclusive rights players with expiring contracts are factored in, in addition to the cap space gained from the voiding of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and running back Knowshon Moreno's 2014 contract years. A decision must be made regarding cornerback Champ Bailey, since he wants to play a 16th NFL season. ... His cap number (and total salary) will increase to $10.5 million with satisfactory participation in Denver's off-season workout program. The Broncos will gain $10 million of cap space if they part ways with Bailey.

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February 10, 2014  07:34 AM ET

Time for Champ to get off that train.

February 10, 2014  07:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Time for Champ to get off that train.

Yes, he did show his age in the playoffs and SB.

February 10, 2014  08:04 AM ET

Trade him back to Washington for a 1st rounder. Snyder would bite on it..

February 10, 2014  08:22 AM ET

It's a no brainer.. Champ is a cap casualty.

February 10, 2014  08:32 AM ET

You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.....

February 10, 2014  08:33 AM ET

For the right price... Pete Carroll will take on another DB that can play a little.

February 10, 2014  08:42 AM ET

The SB displayed his inability to rise the the occasion. No shame in getting old. Cut him.

February 10, 2014  08:43 AM ET

The league is full of examples of teams that have held on to players, or groups of players, too long, and the results have not been good. Steelers' defense and Giants offensive line are two of the more recent examples. NFL players are not like good wine: they do not age well. Bailey was already exposed a year ago.

February 10, 2014  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yes, he did show his age in the playoffs and SB.

He was injured in the preseason (against Seattle, oddly enough) and never could get on the field during the regular season. And then looked old in the playoffs and was beaten badly a few times in the SB. He's been a great player for a long time, but someone needs to have the difficult discussion with Champ to let him know he's not really even a productive corner anymore, much less a lockdown corner.

February 10, 2014  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

For the right price... Pete Carroll will take on another DB that can play a little.

Problem is they don't have the cap space and will have to get rid of some starters themselves

February 10, 2014  09:03 AM ET

This decision was made before the last season ever started. He gone.

February 10, 2014  09:06 AM ET

G-O-H-N. Gawwwwwn!

February 10, 2014  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Time for Champ to get off that train.

i agree tex,......i think Elway should give him a ''choice''......*just like hitler gave Rommel*.

February 10, 2014  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

This decision was made before the last season ever started. He gone.

There were talking about moving him over to safety, but after this last season, I don't think even that is an option any more.

February 10, 2014  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

There were talking about moving him over to safety, but after this last season, I don't think even that is an option any more.

I thought that was a move that Champ was circulating.

February 10, 2014  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

There were talking about moving him over to safety, but after this last season, I don't think even that is an option any more.

The Peyton window for the Broncos is at most a two year window. Champ will be on the outside looking at that window. $10 million will help fill some holes and if they lose Decker they will need to find a veteran WR for that spot. No time for rookies to learn on the job.

February 10, 2014  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

There were talking about moving him over to safety, but after this last season, I don't think even that is an option any more.

Only way he stays is if he takes one big pay cut.

February 10, 2014  09:36 AM ET

Father Time is still undefeated!

February 10, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Only way he stays is if he takes one big pay cut.

Agreed! Even if he signs somewhere else, I don't see him getting 10 million.

 
February 10, 2014  09:51 AM ET

Part Ways and re sign the guy!!!!!

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