Friday, March 05, 2004 - A Champ arrived at Broncos headquarters Thursday. He provided no Ali-like shuffle and no grandiose predictions. No gold-plated title belt adorned his waist. Rather, Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, the man the Broncos sacrificed star running back Clinton Portis to obtain, put on a humble face his first day as a Bronco.
Mistake may haunt Genius - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Friday, March 05, 2004 - This had better work, Kemosabe, or William Tell won't make an overture. Mike Shanahan must feel like the lone ranger. Circle the horse. The Broncos' coach has swapped one of the top four running backs in the NFL for one of the top four cornerbacks.
Shining support for Champ - Denver Post - Anthony Cotton
Friday, March 05, 2004 - It's unlikely Broncos fans will find Champ Bailey stalking the Invesco Field sideline next season, demonstrably berating an assistant coach. The odds are even longer that, in the waning stages of any given contest, he'll don a championship-sized belt, the better to proclaim his status in the NFL hierarchy. Actually, according to some people familiar with Denver's newest acquisition, the only exploits locals can expect to be associated with Bailey are the ones he routinely provides on the playing field.
Bailey open to doubling his talents at wide receiver - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Friday, March 05, 2004 - Colorado is going to have a new Slash to cheer this fall. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday, the day a long-anticipated trade became official, that he is open to playing cornerback Champ Bailey at wide receiver.
Bailey-Portis trade done - Denver Post
Friday, March 05, 2004 - The Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins today officially announced a trade of Pro Bowl players sending Broncos running back Clinton Portis to Washington in exchange for cornerback Champ Bailey. The long-expected announcement of the trade, triggered when Portis threatened a lengthy holdout unless the Broncos renegotiated his contract, was made this afternoon at Broncos headquarters in Dove Valley.
Win-windfall situation all around - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
March 5, 2004 - A happy medium ultimately left two organizations largely pleased. Running back Clinton Portis' contract demands in Denver, Champ Bailey's discontent with the franchise tag in Washington and the needs of the two clubs were neatly addressed in one of the biggest deals in NFL history, which became official Thursday.
Bailey's pledge of allegiance: effort - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
March 5, 2004 - It's only fitting that Champ Bailey is headed to the Bahamas next week for spring break. He loves being on an island, especially the type that man-to-man coverage brings for an NFL cornerback. "I can't make any promises about how this is going to turn out," he said Thursday of the blockbuster trade that sent him to Denver and running back Clinton Portis to Washington. "But I can promise one thing to the owner, the coach and to my teammates. They'll get 110 percent out of me every day."
Portis part of capital gains with Redskins - Rocky Mountain News - Associated Press
March 5, 2004 - ASHBURN, Va. - Clinton Portis said he "probably got 100 phone calls" from fellow NFL players when word got out he was going to sign a $50.5 million contract with the Washington Redskins. The messages? "Man, tell 'em to come get me," said Portis, relating the story at his introductory news conference. "What are their numbers?" asked coach Joe Gibbs, shouting with mock urgency from the side of the auditorium.
Lincicome: Reality of Bailey trade arrives in fall - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
March 5, 2004 - Champ Bailey said he would like to catch passes, Jake Plummer's as well as those of anyone who dares to test him, maybe return kicks and punts, too. At what the Broncos are paying Bailey, he should not only do all of that but carry the ball, plow the driveway, fly the team plane and clean up after Thunder, the wonder steed. "I want to be the best cornerback ever," Bailey said Thursday, finally finished with the convoluted maneuvering that brought him to Denver for Clinton Portis.
Broncos set to take new approach - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
March 5, 2004 - Everybody wins? Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins get one of the NFL's best running backs. Clinton Portis gets the contract he wanted. Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos get one of the league's best cornerbacks and an extra second-round draft pick. Champ Bailey gets the contract he wanted.
Broncos' roster very much in state of flux - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
March 5, 2004 - Mike Shanahan started by talking about Champ Bailey, the newest member of the Denver Broncos, and ended up discussing most of his roster before Thursday's press conference ended. Shanahan said Mike Anderson, the fullback the last two seasons, will compete for the starting running back spot that is now officially open after the trade of Clinton Portis to Washington for Bailey and a second-round draft pick (41st overall).
Portis claims he's more valuable - Daily Camera - Associated Pres
March 5, 2004 - ASHBURN, Va. — Clinton Portis received about 100 phone calls from NFL players when word got out that he was going to sign a $50 million contract with the Washington Redskins. The messages? They wanted to know how to get the same kind of deal from the free-spending Redskins.
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