The Denver Broncos made it official today, cutting 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey.
“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,” Broncos general manager John Elway said. “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.
“On behalf of everyone with the Broncos, I wish Champ all the best and thank him for everything he did for this franchise. Champ will always be a Bronco. We look forward to his Ring of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame election in the years ahead.”
Bailey spent a decade in Denver.
He only trails Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White (13 selections) among defensive players in NFL history and ties for the sixth-most overall.
“I consider it a privilege to have coached Champ these last three years,” Broncos coach John Fox said. “I thank him and truly appreciate everything he did for our team. There’s no doubt he played an integral role in establishing a culture of winning here.
“Aside from his natural ability, Champ set a great example with his hard work and relentless commitment to mastering his craft.”
Bailey has 983 career tackles, 52 interceptions, 235 pass deflections, nine forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He's the all-time interception leader among active cornerbacks.
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