With one expensive year left on his contract, cornerback Champ Bailey couldn’t say for sure if he will be back with the Broncos next year.
Bailey said he would like to be back. He is due $12.5 million next year and couldn’t say without a doubt he will return.
“No. Nothing is definite,” Bailey said. “I don’t know anything. All I know is when it’s time for me to work, I go work, I work hard, I do whatever I can to improve myself every year, and that’s what I’m going to do again this offseason, whether I’m here or not.”
Bailey was asked about the dynamic of new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and the holdover players from Mike Shanahan. Many changes have been made, and many more are likely to come.
“One thing, just to speak generally on something like that – I do understand how this league works and new coaches love to have their guys,” Bailey said. “That’s been a staple in this league for a long time. Whether it’s bringing in coaches you want or players you want, that’s the way it is. If you fit in to what the new coach wants, more than likely you’re going to stay around. Obviously, if coach brings you in, you’re his guy. I am one of the holdovers, so who is to say whether I fit into their future plans or not? I don’t know.”
Bailey said he thought he did fit in with what McDaniels is trying to do.
“I feel OK, I was voted a captain by my teammates and I’ve had several private conversations with the head coach – good ones, some not so good but obviously trying to get something positive done,” Bailey said. “I feel good about the way things are going but it doesn’t matter when it comes down to it, especially around March 1.”