The agent for Dre' Bly is trying to play down rumors that the cornerback is bitter about being traded to Denver, and that he'd prefer to play for Washington.
"I have had nothing but positive dialogue with [coach] Mike Shanahan and [general manager] Ted Sundquist about Dre," agent Kennard McGuire was quoted as saying by The Denver Post on Wednesday. "Dre understands that it is a compliment to be wanted. Neither Dre nor myself have said publicly that he is disenchanted. I understand why certain teams only allow the head coach to speak publicly. If Dre is so miserable or unhappy, it hasn't been publicly said by Dre or myself. "
"Hopefully he'll see the light," Jim Bates, assistant head coach in charge of defense, said at a Tuesday get-together for the Broncos' new coaches. "He'll see the opportunity in Denver of being part of a great football team, great organization and being opposite the side of Champ Bailey. Hopefully he'll come around and say, 'Hey, this is where I want to be.'"
A report on The Washington Post's Web site Tuesday night said the team has restructured contracts in an attempt to make room for the defensive back.
Washington tried to acquire Bly from Detroit before he was dealt to the Broncos. NFL sources told the Post that the Redskins offered Bly a lucrative contract extension when they were trying to complete a trade with the Lions. Denver has not shown a willingness to extend Bly's current deal.
Bates hasn't spoken to Bly personally, but said others, including Shanahan and Sundquist, have contacted him.
"I don't know what Dre's thinking," Bates said. "Hopefully, over the next couple weeks, he'll come in our direction and be positive. We want a positive player once we get in here."
The Post, citing people it did not identify, reported Bly would rather play for the Redskins because they're closer to his home in Chesapeake, Va.
However, Denver hasn't revealed any plans to deal their newly acquired defensive back just yet.
"We expect him to be playing corner for us," said Bates, who was out of football last season, but spent the 2005 season as Green Bay's defensive coordinator. "We'd love for him to be all fired up and get ready to roll. Sometimes, especially in today's game, you have to have a little patience and it takes a little time."
The thought of Bly and Bailey holding down the corners for the Broncos brings a big smile to the face of Bates. The Broncos can apply more pressure because they don't have to worry about either Pro Bowl player needing extra help.
Bates has already studied film of Bailey from last season and was amazed at the footage. Bailey tied for the league lead in interceptions with 10 and finished second in the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year voting.
"I've been fortunate to be around some great corners," Bates said. "I don't think anyone has been more complete from what I've seen on tape than Champ. A lot of these guys were great cover guys, maybe a little inconsistent in the tackling area. Champ does it all, and does it all at a high level."
Denver's Domonique Foxworth was penciled in as the starting right corner until the Bly deal. Foxworth will likely fill the nickel role.
The Broncos are still trying to recover from the loss of cornerback Darrent Williams, who was killed in a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day. The case remains unsolved.
"We lost a great person," Shanahan said last month at a wrap-up news conference for the season.
Bly, like Bailey, is a playmaker. He has 33 career interceptions, the fourth-most in the league since 1999. He's returned five interceptions for touchdowns in his career.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.