Say goodbye to the Champ.
Champ Bailey, longtime standout Denver Bronco cornerback, has decided to retire, according to his agent Jack Reale. Acquired in 2004 in exchange for RB Clinton Portis, Bailey set about an all-time great career. He will undoubtedly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Cut by the Broncos to open $10 million in cap space, Bailey joined the New Orleans Saints in training camp but failed to make the roster. Several teams reportedly expressed interest him since then, but Bailey has nevertheless decided to retire.
Bailey was drafted at #7 overall in 1999. Since then, he's notched 12 Pro Bowls and 7 All-Pro nods. Over his 10 years in Denver, Bailey made 34 interceptions and built a reputation as a true shutdown corner. Although he never got a Super Bowl ring, he was undoubtedly the best corner in the league in his prime. Bailey also still holds the record for being the youngest player (21 years and 117 days) to ever intercept 3 passes in one games, on October 17, 1999.
It would be a shame if the Broncos don't retire #24 in a nod to Bailey.
The Denver Broncos announced that they will hold a press conference on Tuesday, November 18th, so that Champ Bailey can retire a Bronco.