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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Bailey remains patient in Denver

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Champ Bailey is a future Hall of Famer, who doesn’t take a backseat to anyone.

Still, Bailey, the consummate professional, knows his place in the contract pecking order. Denver's star cornerback, who will turn 32, is entering the final year on a seven-year, $63 million deal.

There haven’t been any significant talks between the two sides. Bailey, though, is not concerned. He knows Denver has more pressing needs. The team is in talks with star linebacker Elvis Dumervil about a long-term deal. Dumervil is a restricted free agent and led the NFL with 17 sacks in 2009.

“If Elvis isn’t getting a new deal now, no one is,” Bailey said with a laugh. “I can wait my turn.”

Bailey said he doesn’t plan to complain about or worry over not having a new deal.

“I will play out this year the same way I always do,” Bailey said. “I’ll work hard.”

He hopes a new deal can be figured out for him to remain in Denver and plans on playing five more years, “at least.”

Bailey, acquired in a blockbuster trade from Washington in 2004, is still playing at a high level and he is a leader and a face of the franchise. Denver will likely address his situation at some point before he can leave as a free agent.