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The National Football Post is reporting the Denver Broncos have released LB Boss Bailey --

Denver Broncos linebacker Boss Bailey, a seven-year veteran, was released today, according to a team source.

Bailey, 29, spent his first five seasons with the Detroit Lions before signing with the Broncos last season as a free agent. He started six games and finished with 40 tackles.

Bailey is the younger brother of veteran Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey.

The Denver Post spoke to Boss about the move --

"I wasn't really surprised by it. I understand how the business goes," Bailey said. "It's a business call. I appreciate everything they've done for me since I've been here. Once you're a Bronco, you're always a Bronco.

Bailey said he "still has some work to do" to be ready to play for another team this season.

Bailey was injured much of 2008, his first with the team, and had yet to participate in drills.  With the Broncos moving to more of a 3-4 look, and considering Bailey's injury concerns and history, it is hard to be surprised.

Coach Josh McDaniels spoke of the timing of the move -

"He was totally professional in his approach, and the way he handled himself here," coach Josh McDaniels said. "We felt it was the right thing to do for the player, to have the opportunity to latch onto another team by August."

Like I said in the comments.  This is a class move by the Broncos.  The guy isn't healthy, and won;t be for some time.  Why keep him around when you can let him go find work somewhere else NOW when teams are still filling their training camp rosters.