Portis for Bailey deal moves closer

The trade of Denver running back Clinton Portis to the Redskins for cornerback Champ Bailey and a second round draft choice moved closer to reality, as sources from both teams confirmed that talks were well underway. Read about it in today's news reports.

Bailey, Portis all but dealt - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - Though the blockbuster trade has its dissenters, the Broncos and Washington Redskins are not among them. They already have agreed upon compensation, according to multiple sources involved in the discussions. Now it is up to the respective teams to do the same with the players they covet.

Bowlen pledges to keep fans out of Kaiser costs - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - In the wake of Friday's split decision in federal court, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen may end up owing money to former Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser, but Bowlen said Monday it will be "business as usual" for his football team. "In no way will the trial affect the way we operate the team or the ownership of this team," Bowlen said.

Pompous Broncos don't care - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - His name announced over the arena loudspeakers to raucous cheers, Clinton Portis stood up last week during an NBA game, looked into the eyes of an adoring Colorado crowd and waved. Who knew that was goodbye?

Broncos out to turn corner - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 - The images linger. And they could be at the root of the Broncos' desire to trade wonderboy running back Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey, the Washington Redskins' Pro Bowl cornerback.

Analysts: Bowlen should settle claim on Broncos - Denver Post - Kris Hudson
Sunday, February 22, 2004 - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen should settle former owner Edgar Kaiser's claim to 20 percent of the team rather than let the dispute go to a second trial, sports industry consultants said. Bowlen, however, said Saturday that he has yet to consider making a settlement offer and will not do so for a while.

An about-face-lift? - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
February 24, 2004 - While negotiations to bring Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey to Denver intensified Monday, trade bait Clinton Portis simply sat back and waited. "He's chilling," Portis' mother, Rhonnel Hearn, said. "He's not letting whatever happens affect him. If (the Broncos) don't want him, somebody will."

Broncos have replacement history - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
February 24, 2004 - Mike Shanahan might not be talking publicly about his plans to replace Clinton Portis if a trade with the Washington Redskins is finalized, but he made his philosophy pretty clear 9 1/2 months ago. That's when Portis first expressed unhappiness about his contract situation, and the message from Shanahan was as biting as the unseasonably cold weather that struck Broncos mini-camp that day: It's the system, stupid.

Bailey's potential help coveted by incumbents - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
February 24, 2004 - Lenny Walls still was catching some z's on Monday morning when a friend apprised him of the possibility of a Clinton Portis-for- Champ Bailey trade. Walls, a Denver Broncos cornerback, immediately plopped on his couch and turned on the TV to learn if the chatter was accurate. Then he started to analyze the repercussions of the potential deal. Should the Broncos obtain Bailey, the four-time Pro Bowl player likely would be teamed with Walls on the first-team defense.

Krieger: Where cash goes doesn't register - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
February 24, 2004 - There are so many things not to understand about this Clinton Portis-for-Champ Bailey idea, you have to wonder if Mike Shanahan is eating right. I mean, you don't have to be a mastermind to know a top cornerback is not equal to a top running back in value and never has been. A second-round draft pick does not change the calculation appreciably, especially considering the Broncos' recent draft history.

Broncos may send Portis to Redskins - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
February 24, 2004 - Herschel Walker. Marshall Faulk. Ricky Williams. Clinton Portis? It doesn't happen very often, but Denver may be on the verge of trading one of the NFL's best running backs in his prime. According to published reports, the Broncos are close to making a deal with the Redskins that would send Portis to Washington in exchange for Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round draft pick.

Thorburn: Broncos invite trouble by trading Portis - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
February 24, 2004 - Why would the Denver Broncos trade Clinton Portis? A rare combination of arrogance and ineptitude. Let's start with the arrogance. Mike Shanahan and his underlings obviously believe they can unearth another player of Portis' caliber or they wouldn't trade the 22-year-old with two years left on his contract.

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