Coach: We want Champ Bailey to stay

Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels made it clear Friday that even though the team has tabled contract extension talks with star left cornerback Champ Bailey, it has all intentions of securing the player for the long term. McDaniels told reporters in Denver on Friday:

“We want Champ Bailey to be here, we want him to finish his career here -- there’s no question about it. There are a lot of little things that go into these things. A lot of these things take time to get right, and sometimes the timing of it doesn’t match with the player’s desire or our desire but ultimately when they get worked out everybody is content and happy. Certainly, if there’s something that can happen sooner rather than later, then that’s what we’ll want to do. I know I love the guy. He has been great for me professionally (and) personally, he’s been great for our locker room, and nobody here wants him to leave. There are a lot of things that go on into these things and factor into timing. [General Manager] Brian [Xanders] has handled these things great throughout the course of the offseason, and I expect that to be the case with this -- it just may take a little while.”

The Broncos need to get this deal done soon since Bailey is a an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

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