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Thursday, February 19, 2009
AFC West news and notes


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The word in Denver for the past couple of years was that Denver standout cornerback Champ Bailey was closely watching all the big-dollar contracts handed out to cornerbacks around the league.

Bailey signed a seven-year, $63 million deal with Denver after a trade from Washington in 2004. He has two more years remaining on his contract and it wouldn't be a shock if Bailey asks to redo his deal soon.

Bailey may especially be interested in a new deal after seeing Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha sign a three-year, $45 million deal, one of the richest deals NFL history.

Bailey will be 31 in June and he is coming off a season in which he suffered serious groin and elbow injuries. But he is still a prime cornerback. It won't be a surprise if he asks Denver to reconsider his deal soon.