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Champ Bailey: Redskins should change name, Dan Snyder making it worse

Champ-Bailey-BroncosChamp Bailey, one of the greatest cornerbacks to ever play for the Washington Redskins, is one of the many people who believe it is time for his former team to be the Redskins no more. During an interview with Jarrett Bell of USA Today, Bailey equated the term “Redskins” to the N-word for black people.

“When you hear a Native American say that ‘Redskins’ is degrading, it’s almost like the N-word for a black person,” Bailey said. “If they feel that way, then it’s not right. They are part of this country. It’s degrading to a certain race. Does it make sense to have the name?”

Bailey started his career with the Redskins. They took him with the seventh overall pick in the 1999 draft, and he went on to make the Pro Bowl in four of his five seasons with the team. Bailey knows all about the tradition that Redskins owner Dan Snyder has defended, but he believes Snyder has made the situation worse with some of the stuff he has done and said.

“I get it, he doesn’t want to change it,” Bailey said. “But he’s making it worse than it should be.”

In an era where we have anti-Redskins advertisements airing during the NBA Finals, Snyder has acted like a tough guy and bragged about how he will never change his team’s name. He has done more to stir the pot than help resolve the issue — whether he intends to keep the name or not.

“I don’t know where the name came from or how it came about, but the bottom line is that it’s still here in this day and age, and it makes no sense to have it,” Bailey added. “I love that organization, but when it starts peeling off old scabs and people are pitching a fit about it because it’s degrading to them, then you’ve got to make a change.”

At this point, it’s only a matter of time before the Washington Redskins are the Washington Something Elses.

Broncos to release Champ Bailey, save $10 million against salary cap

Champ BaileyThe Denver Broncos are set to release veteran cornerback Champ Bailey in a money-saving move.

Releasing Bailey, who was set to make $9 million next season, will save Denver $10 million against the cap, according to CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora, who first reported the news.

Bailey, 36, hurt his foot in the preseason and only played in five games for Denver last season. He indicated after the Super Bowl that he planned to keep playing next season.

USA Today’s Lindsay Jones says Bailey was not offered a chance to take a pay cut and that he does not plan to retire.

Champ will likely take a massive pay cut wherever he goes next. The Broncos may use the money available to sign a different player to their secondary.

Denver billboard rips Richard Sherman for having ‘no class’ unlike Champ Bailey

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Richard Sherman has quickly become public enemy number one for Denver Broncos fans. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback rubbed plenty of people the wrong way when he went crazy on Michael Crabtree during his postgame interviews on Sunday. As a result, Broncos fans and countless other fans across the nation are hoping he gets burned by Peyton Manning and company.

At least one appliance store in the Denver area believes Sherman has no class, as evidenced by the billboard you see above that Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports called our attention to on Tuesday. I can’t really figure out what having class or not having class has to do with appliances, but maybe I’m missing some sort of obvious play on words. It wouldn’t be the first time a joke flew over my head.

Nevertheless, it just reaffirms how the people of Denver feel about a player who could have a huge impact in the big game. It also reaffirms how much the people of Denver love their sports-related billboards.

Champ Bailey has foot sprain, Wes Welker ankle sprain

Champ BaileyTwo key Denver Broncos players sustained injuries in Saturday’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, though one is more serious than the other.

Wes Welker sprained his right ankle in the contest and is likely out the rest of the preseason, but he is expected back by the opener.

Champ Bailey left the game with a left foot injury suffered while covering Golden Tate before halftime. He was in a boot and on crutches leaving the stadium on Saturday. X-rays on his foot were negative, and an MRI revealed no torn ligaments, per USA Today’s Lindsay Jones. Champ’s condition is the one to watch.

There is no timetable for Bailey’s recovery, but don’t be surprised if he misses a few games to begin the season. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport described Bailey’s sprain as “serious” and a condition that could take weeks to heal. The good news is that Denver has some good cornerback depth and should be able to withstand the loss of Bailey if he misses a few games. They have Chris Harris, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Tony Carter. DRC is expected to play in the team’s third preseason game after missing the first two with a high ankle sprain.

Champ Bailey Says Tim Tebow Has a lot to Prove, Needs to Become Better Passer

Tim Tebow has earned the title of starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos.  Without his leadership and will, it would have have been tough to imagine the Broncos making it all the way to the divisional round of the playoffs this year.  His 2011 run resulted in John Elway naming Tebow the starter heading into training camp next season — much to the dismay of Brian BillickChamp Bailey believes Tebow has earned the endorsement, but cautioned that he still has a lot of work to do.

“I think Tim has a lot to prove still,” Bailey said Wednesday on Jim Rome Is Burning according to Pro Football Talk. “He’s proven he can win some tough games. Now it’s just being consistent. One thing about him, he’s going to work at it. And I’m behind him 100 percent.

“I think at some point he’s going to have to improve with his arm, which would make him even more deadly. That’s one area he’s going to have to improve to be elite in this league. But the things he does running the ball — he can make some throws, it’s just being comfortable doing it. He’s got to get better at it, and when he does, the sky’s the limit for him.”

In other news, the sky is blue.  Bailey’s assessment of Tebow is perfectly accurate.  Many people believe he will never become an efficient NFL passer and, as a result, his “luck” will fizzle out.  However, we talk about Tebow so much and he has become such a global icon that it is easy to forget how young he is.  Joe Theismann may not think it’s possible, but if anyone can put forth the work needed to improve in one area it’s Tim Tebow.  Elway’s endorsement simply means he believes in Tebow.  After what happened this season, why shouldn’t he?

Champ Bailey Knows Tim Tebow Overshadows Broncos Defense, But Doesn’t Care Because They’re Winning

In five of their eight regular season victories, the Broncos scored 18 or fewer points.  That means Tim Tebow and the Denver offense were able to do enough to win those games, but if not for their defense coming up with timely stops the Broncos would never have even made the playoffs.  Naturally, Tebow has received all the hype and credit.  As long as the team is winning, the lack of attention Denver’s defense has received is just fine with veteran corner Champ Bailey.

“We don’t get the credit I think we deserve, but at the same time, we don’t care,” Bailey said this week on Rich Eisen’s podcast according to NFL.com. “We are winning games. That’s what it’s all about; it’s a team sport. Tebow, he’s getting a lot of attention, but the more people watch him, the more people watch us. He’s one of our brothers, so we cheer for him. We want him to get that attention. He handles it well, which makes it even easier for us to like him.”

All is well when you’re awaiting a match-up with New England for a shot at the AFC Championship game.  Tebow can force the mayor of Pittsburgh to drop down to one knee, inspire the Conan O’Brien Show to recreate one of his moments using peanuts, and ruin Ryan Clark’s week.  As long as the team is winning games, it really doesn’t matter who the spotlight is shining on.

If the Patriots’ offense blows out the Broncos on Saturday night and the heat all of a sudden falls on Denver’s defense, a few Broncos may become annoyed.  As long as divine intervention or whatever it may be continues to result in victories, the team will be stuck together like glue.

Denver Broncos Fans Organize Champ Bailey Rally

Cornerback Champ Bailey just completed his 12th season in the NFL. He was drafted by the Redskins and got traded to Denver straight up for Clinton Portis, and he’s spent the past seven seasons with the Broncos. Bailey was named to the Pro Bowl every single year in the past decade except for the 2008 season when he got hurt, and he’s a three-time All-Pro. Now, the defensive back’s contract has expired making him a free agent.

Champ has already spoken in a subtle way, placing his Colorado home for sale. Perhaps Bailey’s action sparked movement within the Denver front office, because John Elway said Thursday the team was working on a new contract for Champ. Another group that wants its voice heard is the fans, and they’ve planned a rally for Sunday to show their support of Bailey.

Predominantly Orange brought the news of the fan rally to my attention, and it appears as if the movement was started on Facebook. On the group’s page, they say “If Champ or the Broncos have not come up with a deal by Sunday, lets get as many people as possible to rally on the south side of the stadium. … Come wearing your Broncos and Champ jerseys. Make some signs. We need to try and convince Champ to stay here.”

It’s a pretty noble cause by the fans, but I’m guessing it won’t affect Champ’s decision much. This is his last chance to sign a big contract and he knows it. If Denver doesn’t offer the kind of money he thinks he’s worth, it doesn’t matter how much love the fans show. Besides, the last time the fans put together a rally we all saw how it turned out.