Broncos Update Insider - 7/14

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey enters this season having turned 30 years old in June. One of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL doesn't feel like he is slowing down.

"I don't feel 30," Bailey said. "I feel like I can play 10 more years."

Bailey, who works hard in the film room and is one of Denver's smartest players, isn't eyeing retirement either. He played in Washington with Darrell Green and Deion Sanders, two players who played much longer than most cornerbacks. Bailey stays in great shape, so he thinks he might be able to match their longevity. And he has no desire to retire while he is still in his prime.

"I don't believe in that leaving on top stuff," Bailey said. "That's just not me. It's a great business. It's a job millions and millions of people would love to have. You're doing something you love, making a lot of money doing it, why not keep playing? If they don't want you here, they'll kick you out."

One thing that Bailey does worry about as he gets older is retiring without a Super Bowl ring. He came close in the 2005 season, when the Broncos advanced to the AFC Championship Game, but still hasn't played in a Super Bowl. He knows the young Broncos, coming off a 7-9 season, have work to do. He thinks the team is heading in the right direction, but he also knows his chances of winning a title fade a little every year.

"I'm not going to lie, that crosses my mind a lot," Bailey said. "I try to block it out. You look at a guy like (New York Giants defensive end Michael) Strahan. How long did he wait to get a ring? It takes a while for some people, some people get it in their first year. I think my time will come."

Bailey is coming off a subpar season by his standards, but the entire Broncos defense struggled last year. Bailey looked good in offseason practices, and teammates haven't noticed any changes in their best defensive player.

"I'd be surprised if I ever get to the day where I say 'Dang, Champ is getting old,'" said linebacker Boss Bailey, Champ's brother. "I don't know, it doesn't seem like he's turning 30 to me."

CAMP CALENDAR: The Broncos report to training camp on July 24, and their first practice is the next day. Denver trains at the facilities at its Dove Valley headquarters. The camp will probably end on or around Aug. 7.

NOTES, QUOTES --The Broncos signed three more draft picks, defensive tackle Carlton Powell and running back Ryan Torain, both fifth-rounders, and sixth-round pick linebacker Spencer Larsen. The Broncos had signed four of their nine draft picks two weeks before training camp started.

--After the NFL rejected seventh-round pick Josh Barrett's contract over some language issues, the team and the safety's representatives quickly reworked the deal and it was approved by the league.

--The Broncos claim they and the NFL were aware of receiver Brandon Marshall's early March arrest over a domestic incident, which was reported by the Denver Post. Marshall was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge but charges haven't been formally filed.

"No charges have been filed at this point and the appropriate individuals are dealing with the situation," a statement released by the team said.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We don't need to get ahead of ourselves because we have a lot of work to do, a lot of improvement, and we have to see when the lights are on what some of these younger guys can do for us." -- Broncos CB Champ Bailey.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL The Broncos rarely have rookie holdouts, and there shouldn't be one this year. Denver is working hard on signing its rookies on time, and had four of nine draft picks signed two weeks before training camp started.

The team's main challenge is signing offensive tackle Ryan Clady, its first-round pick. But there doesn't appear to be much concern about getting him in on time. That's important, because the Broncos are counting on Clady to be their starter at left tackle.



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