Broncos Update Inside Slant - Monday, June 14

One of the biggest trades in NFL history raised eyebrows this spring. But cornerback Champ Bailey is showing continually why the Broncos were willing to dump a Pro Bowl running back like Clinton Portis. Read about Bailey, along with notes, quotes, anecdotes and the latest personnel news in today's edition of Broncos Update Inside Slant.

One of the biggest trades in NFL history raised eyebrows this spring. But cornerback Champ Bailey is showing continually why the Broncos were willing to dump a Pro Bowl running back like Clinton Portis.

In minicamp practice recently, he flashed the form that has made him a four-time Pro Bowl pick. He locked down receivers, and punctuated one practice with an interception.

"Didn't I tell you to quit throwing over there? linebacker Al Wilson chided Denver quarterbacks.

Bailey admitted he had a little rust in Denver's first minicamp, but that hasn't been the case at the second.

"That's how it is. You stay close, you're going to get one."

He seems intent on proving the Broncos got the better end of the deal.

"I definitely don't want to disappoint them," Bailey said. "If it's about going out and shutting a guy down, that's what I'm going to do."

Bailey's play is only bringing up the play of others around him, most notably Lenny Walls, who looks more and more comfortable in his second-year starting at cornerback.

NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES

--Nearly eight months after a frightening injury left him motionless on the field, John Mobley still isn't fully recovered. X-rays still show a "spot" or contusion on his spinal cord, prompting a neck specialist to recommend he sit out the 2004 season. That cast further doubt on whether the Denver Broncos linebacker will ever play again.

"He'll (be re-evaluated) in a month or two months, but the doctors don't think it will change," coach Mike Shanahan said. "Right now there's a question mark if he'll play a year from now, or what direction he'll go."

--DE Marco Coleman lasted only about a month, through one minicamp, before deciding to retire. Coach Mike Shanahan said the veteran player, acquired in the offseason, decided he didn't want to be away from family.

QUOTE TO NOTE

"My heart and thoughts and prayers go out to him. It's a tough thing for a player to hear that he can't play the game he loves any more." -- Safety John Lynch on John Mobley being told he shouldn't play 2004 because he isn't fully recovered from a spinal cord injury.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): OT Blake Brockermeyer; S Ryan McNeil.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: FB Reuben Droughns; OG Ben Hamilton; TE Patrick Hape; DE Reggie Hayward; CB Kelly Herndon; TE/LS Mike Leach; LB Johnny Rutledge; CB Jimmy Spencer; LB Donnie Spragan; LB Jashon Sykes; CB Scott Turner; LB Al Wilson; S Chris Young.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: CB Champ Bailey; TE Byron Chamberlain; DE Marco Coleman; DT Luther Elliss; OT Cornell Green; RB Garrison Hearst; WR Willie Jackson; DE Raylee Johnson; S John Lynch; QB Mike Quinn; TE O.J. Santiago; CB Reggie Stephens; TE Jed Weaver.

PLAYERS LOST: DE Bert Berry; QB Steve Beuerlein; LB Keith Burns; WR Chris Cole; DT Daryl Gardener; LB Ian Gold; OG Steve Herndon; CB Deltha O'Neal; RB Clinton Portis; OT Ephraim Salaam; TE Shannon Sharpe.

DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED: WR Triandos Luke.

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