"It was very tempting. A lot of players really don't get a chance to test the market when you know that people are going to want you somewhere. But, there is no certainty once March 4 rolls around. 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 anyways."
On Denver's chances for success during the next four years
"I really don't think it takes that long to turn a football team around if you have the right pieces. It really starts up top. We have great management now and we have a good football coach. It's really about the guys on the field picking up what the philosophies (are) that (Head) Coach (John) Fox will bring in and how we are going to approach the games. We've been through a rough two years and there are a lot of players that are still going to be here, so I know a lot of guys want to get that taste out of their mouths. (Winning) is going to happen a lot sooner than people think."
On whether he thinks Head Coach John Fox will bring defensive stability to the team
"It tends to add more stability on that side of the ball, but I don't know. All I know is what I have in front of me for this year. I‘m going to work hard for those guys that we have. Hopefully we can win their jobs back (next year). It's really the players that help these coaches get jobs. That's the bottom line. If we don't do well then that's when changes are made. We have to play well on the field. It's really up to us to keep the same coaching staff."
On his thoughts when negotiations during the season were paused
"I was back and forth. I really didn't know. I didn't worry about it, and as you could probably tell on the field, it didn't affect me whatsoever. I had a job to do and that's all I concentrated on. I knew if I took care of my business on the field the rest would take care of itself. I knew once Josh McDaniels left things were going to change a lot. As I said, I took care of business and let (the process) play itself out."
On whether he embraces being one of the faces of the city
"I appreciate that. 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. It's been awhile—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."
On John Elway's role in the contract negotiations
"I know that he expressed a desire to keep me, so I know that carried a lot of weight. I appreciate that from him."
On how much change he expects on defense
"I know there are going to be changes, and I'm going to welcome the changes. All I'm going to do is just expect the best, because I know we're going to have a good D-line. Coach Fox has been known to have a lot of great D-linemen, so I know he's going to make sure he's got those guys. And those are my best friends on the team. If we get a lot of those guys that can rush the passer then I know we're going to be fine."
On staying in Denver
"One thing I've learned is the grass ain't always greener. I could go to an organization that looks like they're ready, but then they're not ready. Then I'm miserable because I'm around a lot of unfamiliar faces in an unfamiliar place."
On whether his house is on the market
"Obviously I'm not going anywhere, so that's more of a personal thing now."
On whether he ever thought about playing to a warmer climate
"You think about those things, but I'm happy that Denver wants me. I like it here. The fans are great. I'm kind of embedded in this community now. There are a lot of things that I have going on that I had to put on hold because of this, just charity things, and now I can resume everything and I feel good about that. All those things mean a lot to me. Going forward I'll be able to carry on the things that I've been doing around this community."
On what his gut tells him about the state of the Broncos
"It tells me we've got a lot of work to do. We've got a lot of pieces to put in there to make this thing fit. What they are exactly, we don't know. I think if you look at our roster, we do have some talent in certain places, but it's just the maturity level and the consistency that we need to get up to par. If we can do that and add some pieces, who can say we can't be in a Super Bowl in a couple years? Who knows? You really don't know."
On what his new contract says about the team's commitment to him
"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. Things have got to be different from what everybody else is getting. It's just the way it is. It's the way this business is, and I appreciate the fact that they realize that and they realize how important it was for me to stay here. They realized the importance for them to keep me here."
On striving for a Super Bowl ring
"When you talk about awards, things you can take home to remember your career, the ring is the most important thing. I want to get that ring, and I want to do it here. 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.' So hopefully this thing will get turned around a lot faster than we all expect."
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