ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday agreed to terms with cornerback Champ Bailey on a new four-year contract, it was announced.
“The talent and leadership that Champ Bailey brings to the Broncos made it very important for us to keep him with the organization,” Head Coach John Fox said. “I have admired him for a long time and I really look forward to having him on our team.”
Bailey (6-foot-0, 192 pounds) completed his 12th NFL season in 2010 and his seventh with the Broncos. He was selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl—the 10th of his career—to set a record for the most by a cornerback in NFL history, passing Hall of Famer Mike Haynes (9).
Named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, he has played 181 career games (181 starts) and recorded 864 tackles (729 solo), 48 interceptions (446 yds.), 213 passes defensed, three sacks (26 yds.), eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He has played six postseason contests (six starts), totaling 16 tackles (14 solo), two interceptions (105 yds.) and six passes defensed.
His 48 career interceptions rank first among cornerbacks (third among all players) since he entered the NFL as a first-round (seventh overall) draft choice by the Washington Redskins in 1999, and his 183 passes defensed (press box total) are tops among all players during the last 12 seasons.
Since being acquired by Denver via trade prior to the 2004 season, Bailey has totaled 30 interceptions (322 yds.), which rank sixth in the NFL during that span and tie him with Broncos Ring of Fame safety Dennis Smith for the sixth most in franchise history.
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