Bailey gets record CB contract

The Denver Broncos have agreed with Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey on a seven-year, $63 million contract that includes an $18 million signing bonus and another $5 million in roster bonuses due in the final two years. The deal makes Bailey the highest cornerback in the NFL. Read more about Bailey and also more on Ed McCaffrey's retirement.

Blockbuster bucks for Bailey - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - One of the biggest trades in NFL history now features the richest contracts given to a cornerback and running back. Cornerback Champ Bailey and the Broncos agreed to a seven-year, $63 million contract that includes an $18 million signing bonus and another $5 million in roster bonuses due in the final two years of the deal, a source close to the deal said Tuesday night. Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, confirmed the contract's terms.

Broncos scored big with T.D. - Denver Post - Irv Moss
Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - The salute went both ways for Terrell Davis. From his hand, it became his personal trademark that signaled the Broncos were on a mission. After becoming an NFL star, Davis saluted when he scored a touchdown. It became known as the Mile High Salute.

Emotional ending for McCaffrey - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - In his last act as a Bronco, Ed McCaffrey provided one of the most unlikely accomplishments of his memorable career. He made Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, usually the model of poise, weep.

McCaffrey's numbers worthy of Ring induction - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - For one special moment Tuesday afternoon, Broncos free safety Nick Ferguson switched from being a player to being a fan. Shortly after wide receiver Ed McCaffrey officially announced his retirement, Ferguson asked McCaffrey to autograph a picture. The action photo was vintage McCaffrey: sinewy, muscular arms outstretched, eyes locked on the ball, desire and concentration etched in his face.

Hayward's price soars - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - The Broncos could lose unrestricted free-agent defensive end Bertrand Berry without compensation. But the team assured itself the chance to keep restricted free- agent defensive end Reggie Hayward or be handsomely compensated for his loss. Any team that wants to sign Hayward, who finished last season with a career-high 8.5 sacks, now will have to compensate the Broncos with its first-round draft pick.

Smith sees big career for Lelie - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, March 03, 2004 - The Broncos are uncertain about who will replace Clinton Portis at running back. But Rod Smith knows just who is replacing Ed McCaffrey at wide receiver. "Ashley Lelie is going to be huge, I can tell you that right now," Smith predicted Tuesday, the day McCaffrey announced his retirement. "That's one guy, I can guarantee you that whatever records I have and Ed has, he's going to be the one to shatter those.

Bailey is going with cash flow - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 3, 2004 - One day after Clinton Portis signed off on an eight-year, $50.5 million contract with the Washington Redskins, Champ Bailey has cashed in with the Denver Broncos. The Pro Bowl cornerback agreed Tuesday night to a seven-year, $63 million contract with the Broncos, according to a source close to the negotiations, making him the NFL's highest-paid cornerback.

Changing of the guard - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 3, 2004 - The Denver Broncos offense already is assured of having a changing face next season. Right now, that face is sporting the kind of expression that normally follows a shoulder shrug. Questions abound at offensive tackle, running back, fullback, receiver, tight end and backup quarterback. And with free agency opening today and the draft coming in just more than seven weeks, how the organization proceeds with filling some of those offensive holes figures to be the overriding issue as Denver ventures into the off-season.

Some risks don't bring rewards - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 3, 2004 - "If you risk, risk for a really good player. Why risk for some stiff?" Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf was talking about the Denver Broncos swinging and missing on free agent Daryl Gardener a year ago. But he might as well have been referring to this year's blockbuster deal that will send star running back Clinton Portis to the Washington Redskins in exchange for four- time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey.

'Time was right' for Mac - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 3, 2004 - At times emotional, humorous and reflective, Ed McCaffrey on Tuesday bid farewell to a game he has loved since he was 8 years old. First came the jokes by a guy who rates as arguably the most beloved Denver Broncos player in franchise history. "I really wasn't aware that I was retiring," McCaffrey quipped. "I was actually going to announce Big Mac Mondays for the month of March."

Years of hard knocks earned McCaffrey respect - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 3, 2004 - Ed McCaffrey's 13-year pro career played out like a top-40 radio station: The hits just kept on coming. The wide receiver's ability to continually bounce back from horrific shots from defenders to play another down resonated with Broncos fans and was one of the key reasons he became so popular during his nine seasons in Denver.

Smith out to sway Sharpe - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 3, 2004 - Now that the team has said farewell to one top receiver, will the Denver Broncos soon be holding another retirement news conference? Not if Rod Smith has his way. Though he hasn't talked to tight end Shannon Sharpe about his future, he has been feeding the organization bits of information to persuade Sharpe to return for one more year.

Lincicome: McCaffrey's courage will be his legacy - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
March 3, 2004 - So long and thanks for all the thrills. The official farewell biography of Ed McCaffrey is six pages long, single-spaced, double-sided, some with the tiny type we call agate, which is a way to cram great heroics into small spaces. Right there on the first page is career receiving with the Broncos, 462 catches, pain in every one. And 6,200 yards and 46 touchdowns, not the most in any category, behind Shannon Sharpe and Rod Smith in each and Lionel Taylor, too, in a couple.

McCaffrey makes it official - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
March 3, 2004 - Ed McCaffrey scored a lot of touchdowns and sold a lot more jerseys during his career with the Denver Broncos. But the popular receiver with the bright smile and beautiful family will forever be considered one of the toughest players in franchise history.

DB Bailey agrees to long-term contract - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
March 3, 2004 - Believe it or not, Rod Smith has already been asked by a young teammate who gets Ed McCaffrey's locker now that No. 87 has retired. "No one gets this locker. This locker is going to stay empty for awhile," Smith said after watching his longtime receiving partner walk away from the game on Tuesday. "Somebody is going to have to be really worthy to get that locker beside me. He and I have been there together for nine years. That's the high-end district over there. Some of them guys are trying to move up from the projects to come over to our side. We have to do credit checks, background checks, all that kind of stuff."

A Timeline: Looking Back at Ed McCaffrey's Career - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 - Ed McCaffrey played 13 seasons in the National Football League. But there was nothing unlucky about his career. He is one of just 15 players to earn Super Bowl rings with teams in each conference, winning one with the 1994 San Francisco 49ers and two more with the Broncos following the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He ranks in the top five in Broncos history in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

A Friend Says Goodbye - - James Merilatt
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 - In the nine years that Ed McCaffrey played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, he enjoyed a lot of memorable moments.

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