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Champ Bailey to retire a Bronco

All is right in Broncos Country, arguably the greatest cornerback in Broncos history will resign a one-day deal with the team and retire as a Denver Bronco.

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(H/T to thedenverchannel.com)

Bailey will officially resign with the team on Tuesday there will be a press conference held at 1PM mountain time. Champ Bailey was a casualty of a large salary and diminished play. Champ tried to catch on this offseason with New Orleans as a nickelback but was ultimately cut before the final roster was formed. Champ officially announced his retirement several weeks ago after garnering no interest from other teams.

Champ's final season as a Bronco was marred with a Lisfranc injury. By the time he returned to the lineup, Champ was inserted as the nickelback with varied results. In his one and only trip to the Super Bowl during his storied career, the defense was not helped by a mistake prone offense and an opportunistic Seahawk squad that put the game away early.

Always soft spoken but honest, Champ's greatest play might have been his near-pick 6 of Tom Brady in the 2005 divisional round. That play completely changed the complexion of the game and allowed the Broncos to win going away, handing Brady and Belichick their first playoff loss as Quarterback and Coach.

Nobody played off coverage like Champ. In his heyday, no one could run that quick slant over the middle without having the ball knocked down. It's unfortunate that in the ultimate team sport of football that Champ never got to taste the victory of a world championship, but in a handful of years, he is a lock to make the pro football Hall of Fame.

Champ will always be a Bronco, and he will always be one of the best!

(Courtesy of pro football reference)

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